The Kimberley Train

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The Kimberley Train is a drama in three acts by Lewis Sowden (1905-1974).

Also referred to simply as Kimberley Train in some sources.

The original text

A play about miscegenation and the pressures towards, and the devastating effects of, efforts to “try for white” under the apartheid regime through the underground association known as the “Kimberley train”. First produced in 1958 and published by Howard Timmins in 1976.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1958: First produced by Cecil Williams at the Library Theatre, Johannesburg on 12 September, with Johan Malherbe, George Jackson, Ann Aldred, John Whitfield, Robert Whitfield, Terrance Hampson, Willi Olivier, Bruce Meredith-Smith, Valerie Philip, Anthea Crosse, Maureen Pliss, Kita Redelinghuys and Jennifer Gray. Sets by Anthony Farmer.


Lewis Sowden. 1976. The Kimberley Train. Cape Town: Howard Timmins.

Percival Tucker 1997. Just the Ticket. My 50 Years in Show Business. Johannesburg: Witwatersrand University Press: P. 118.

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