Strike Up The Banned

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Strike Up The Banned is an anti-censorship revue written by Pieter-Dirk Uys in 1975.

The original text

First performed in 1975 at the Space Theatre.

The one sketch, originally starring Pieter-Dirk Uys and Trix Pienaar and representing the studio recording of a fictional radio serial called Die Van Aardes van Grootoor, was expanded by Uys in 1977 to become the record breaking full-length Afrikaans political satire called Die Van Aardes van Grootoor.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1975: First performed in 1975 at the Space Theatre with Trix Pienaar, Pieter-Dirk Uys, Vincent Ebrahim, Jacqui Delhaye, Maria Jensen and directed by Uys. (Not mentioned in Astbury 1979).

1976: In 1976 it went to the Grahamstown Festival and on tour with Lynne Maree, Blaise Koch, Wilma Stockenström, Michele Maxwell, and Pieter-Dirk Uys.

1976: Strike up the Banned (Part 2) presented by Syrkel Theatre Company late night at the Labia Theatre, December 1976, with Rika Sennett and Pieter-Dirk Uys

1978: In 1978 it played at the Market Theatre with Pieter-Dirk Uys, Rika Sennett, and others.


Sunday Times 19 October 1976.

Syrkel theatre programme, 1976.

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