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''[[Playing with Fire]]'' (original Swedish title ''[[Leka med elden]]'') is a one act play by August Strindberg (1849-1912)
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There have been a surprising number of literary, dramatic and filmic works called ''Playing with Fire''.
  
==The original text==
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Few, beyond the original play by Strindberg, have to date actually been done in South Africa.
  
Written in 1892,  the short play it tells of an artist's wife who nearly goes off with his best friend. It was one of three plays written when Strindberg's first marriage was in the process of breaking up. All three works are fuelled by sexual tension and typify Strindberg's enduring theme: the constant and consuming battle for power between the sexes. ''[[The Father]]'' (1887) is one of the  and [[Lady Julie]] (1888) would go on to become materpieces of 20th century theatre. ''[[Playing With Fire]]'' (1892), written when the couple were battling in court over the custody of their children, is less widely known, but also a gem of a one-act play.
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'''''For a listing of and information on these works, see the entry on ''[[Playing with Fire]]'' in [[Wikipedia]][https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playing_with_Fire].'''''
  
==Translations and adaptations==
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'''For August Strindberg's one act play - known in English as ''[[Playing with Fire]]'', see the entry in [[ESAT]] for ''[[Leka med elden]]'' (the Swedish title)'''.
 
 
Translated into [[Afrikaans]] as ''[[Wie Met Vuur Speel]]'' for the radio by [[S.J. Pretorius]], adapted for the stage by [[Herman Pretorius]].
 
 
 
== Performance history in South Africa ==
 
 
 
1967/8? A production of the English text was done by the Drama Department of the [[University of the Orange Free State]], directed by [[Marlene Kotzen]] with [[Schalk Jacobsz]], [[Temple Hauptfleisch]], [[Hudson Earp]] and two female students. 
 
 
 
1983: A production of the English text was done by the [[Baxter Theatre]] in association with [[Minotaurus]],  directed by [[Dieter Reible]], starring [[Chris van Niekerk]], [[Mitzi Booysen]], [[Michael Drin]], [[Megan Kruskal]], [[Marthinus Basson]]. The first performance in the Baxter Studio was on 13 April 1983.
 
 
 
1986: ''[[Wie Met Vuur Speel]]'' was presented by [[Universiteitsteater Stellenbosch]] in the [[H.B. Thom Theatre]] in September 1986, directed by [[Juanita Swanepoel]] with drama stuudents. Decor by [[Emile Aucamp]], costumes by [[Elaine Aucamp]].
 
  
 
== Sources ==
 
== Sources ==
  
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/August_Strindberg
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playing_with_Fire
  
https://www.stageplays.com/products/the_father_lady_julie_playing_with_fire/August%20Strindberg
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Go to [[ESAT Bibliography]]
  
Recollections of a Bloemfontein production by [[Temple Hauptfleisch]]
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== Return to ==
  
Barrow, Brian & Williams-Short, Yvonne (eds.). 1988. ''Theatre Alive! The Baxter Story 1977-1987''.
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''Playing with Fire'' theatre programme, 1983.
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''World Drama'' by Allardyce Nicoll. Harrap, 1949.
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UTS theatre programme
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Latest revision as of 08:39, 25 June 2019

There have been a surprising number of literary, dramatic and filmic works called Playing with Fire.

Few, beyond the original play by Strindberg, have to date actually been done in South Africa.

For a listing of and information on these works, see the entry on Playing with Fire in Wikipedia[1].

For August Strindberg's one act play - known in English as Playing with Fire, see the entry in ESAT for Leka med elden (the Swedish title).

Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playing_with_Fire

Go to ESAT Bibliography

Return to

Return to PLAYS I: Original SA plays

Return to PLAYS II: Foreign plays

Return to PLAYS III: Collections

Return to PLAYS IV: Pageants, carnivals and public performances

Return to South African Festivals and Competitions

Return to The ESAT Entries

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