Trap for a Lonely Man

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Trap for a Lonely Man, (Piège pour un homme seul) is a play in four acts by the French playwright Robert Thomas [1] written and published in French in 1960. The play is commonly known in English speaking countries as Trap for a Lonely Man or Trap for a Single Man, and was filmed as One of My Wives Is Missing [2] (1976) and Vanishing Act (1986).

Translations and adaptations

Translated into Afrikaans from the original French by Joan Brink titled Lokval vir 'n Man Alleen.

Another translation into Afrikaans by ? is titled Lokval vir ‘n Eensame Man.

Performance history in South Africa

1963: Lokval Vir 'n Man Alleen was staged by PACT, directed by Victor Melleney, starring Cobus Rossouw, Jan Bruijns, Francois Swart, Jannie Gildenhuys, Kita Redelinghuijs and Leonora Nel. Performed in the Civic Theatre Johannesburg, National Theatre Pretoria and taken on tour in the Transvaal.

Produced by CAPAB with the title Lokval vir ‘n Eensame Man, opening on 20 May 1964, under the direction of Fred Engelen. Presented by PACOFS in 1975, directed by Lucille Gillwald, starring De Wet van Rooyen and Marko van der Colff.

Produced by CAPAB in English in 1965 at the Hofmeyr Theatre with Vaughn Scott, Simon Swindell, Yvonne Bryceland and Paddy Canavan in the cast.

In September 1972 CAPAB sent Marie van Heerden to stage and direct Lokval vir ‘n Eensame Man with the Kimberley Amateur Drama Society (KADRA) in the Kimberley Theatre. In the cast were Johan Ackerman (Die Man), Bart Viljoen (Die Komissaris), Theuns Meyer (Die Priester), Marlein du Toit (Die Vrou), Dirk Bester (Die Boemelaar) and Gerda Liebenberg (Die Verpleegster).

In August 1976 the Libertas Teaterklub staged Lokval vir ‘n Eensame Man in Stellenbosch, directed by Marie van Heerden, with Henry Mylne (Die Man), Anton van Niekerk (Die Kommissaris), Casper Badenhorst (Die Priester), Elsabé Grobbelaar (Die Vrou), Leon van Heerden (Die Boemelaar), Patricia Pieterse (Die Verpleegster).


PACT report 1963/64.

NAPAC theatre programme, 1964.

CAPAB List of Plays Presented, 1971

PACOFS Drama 25 Years, 1963-1988

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