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There have been a number of dramatized works by this name.  
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There have been a surprising number of literary, dramatic and filmic works called ''Playing with Fire''.  
  
''[[Playing with Fire]]'' (original Swedish title ''[[Leka med elden]]'') is a one act play by August Strindberg (1849-1912)
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Few, beyond the original play by Strindberg, have to date actually been done in South Africa.
  
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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].'''''
  
''[[Playing with Fire (Strindberg)]]'' (original Swedish title ''[[Leka med elden]]'') is a one act play by August Strindberg (1849-1912)
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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)'''.
 
 
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==The original text==
 
 
 
''[[The Father]]'' is one of three superb 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 dark tragedy of ''[[The Father]]'' (1887) makes it one of haunting psychological dramas of the modern theatre, while the complex ''[[Miss Julie]]'' (1888) has become one of the core masterpieces of 20th century theatre, often performed and adapted. By contrast the rare Strindberg comedy ''[[Playing With Fire]]'' (1892), written when the couple were battling in court over the custody of their children, is less widely known, but it too is a gem of a one-act play of its kind. Set on an island in the Swedish archipelago in high summer, it tells of Knut, a painter, and his wife Kerstin, who are entertaining an old friend, Axel. The crisis comes when Axel and Kerstin declare their long-suppressed love and confront Knut with the news.
 
 
 
==Translations and adaptations==
 
 
 
The English version was only performed in London in 1962.
 
 
 
Translated into [[Afrikaans]] as ''[[Wie Met Vuur Speel]]'' for the radio by [[S.J. Pretorius]], adapted for the stage by [[Herman Pretorius]].
 
 
 
 
 
The Private Theatre, New York, created a new play, also called '''''[[Playing with Fire]]''''', based on  Strindberg's original play. In this version the creators (adaptors Royston Coppenger and Shane Bly Killoran, and director John Gould Rubin) focus on what they see as the play's themes of sexual frenzy, illicit coveting, exhibitionism, voyeurism, wife swapping and licentious fantasy, but expanding the cast to 14 performers. Performed in 2012.
 
 
 
== 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]].
 
 
 
 
 
2018: Performed by the Claremont Dramatic Society in  the [[Masque Theatre]], Muizenberg from 27 July to 4 August, directed [[Bernie Jacobs]] It forms part of a double bill with ''[[The Open Door]]'' (Alfred Sutro). 
 
 
 
The double bill opens at on Friday 27 July and runs until Saturday 4 August with shows at 20h00 Wednesday to Friday and 18h30 on Saturdays. There will also be a matinee performance at 14h30 on Saturday 4 August.
 
  
 
== 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
 
 
 
Recollections of a Bloemfontein production by [[Temple Hauptfleisch]]
 
 
 
Barrow, Brian & Williams-Short, Yvonne (eds.). 1988. ''Theatre Alive! The Baxter Story 1977-1987''.
 
 
 
''Playing with Fire'' theatre programme, 1983.
 
 
 
''World Drama'' by Allardyce Nicoll. Harrap, 1949.
 
 
 
http://www.theprivatetheatre.org/pastproductions
 
 
 
"Claremont Dramatic Society Presents ''Playing with Fire'' by August Strindberg at Masque Theatre", [[Broadwayworld.com]][https://www.broadwayworld.com/south-africa/article/Claremont-Dramatic-Society-Presents-PLAYING-WITH-FIRE-By-August-Strindberg-at-Masque-Theatre-20180709]
 
 
 
UTS theatre programme
 
  
 
Go to [[ESAT Bibliography]]
 
Go to [[ESAT Bibliography]]

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

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