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An Afrikaans drama in verse in five acts by D.J. Opperman.

The original text

A historical verse drama based on the life of the controversial Cape Governor Willem Adriaan van der Stel.

Published by Nasionale Boekhandel, 1956.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1956: Performed by K.A.T. in October 1956, directed by Robert Mohr.

1964: Performed as CAPAB's first production of an indigenous play at the Hofmeyr Theatre on 22 August. Directed by Ria le Roux, with Fred le Roux Paul Malherbe, Magdalena Swanevelder, Herman Steytler, Fanie Bekker, Johan Grobler, Jurie Hanekom, Bertie van der Merwe and André Rossouw. The play went on tour to do 28 performances at 15 venues ( including the towns of Saldanha, Malmesbury, Robertson, Piketberg and Clanwilliam), and was seen by 7 516 people.


Nel, F.J. 1972, p. 156.

Grütter, Wilhelm, CAPAB 25 Years, 1987. Unpublished research. p 35.

Danie Botha, Toneel-oomblikke dekades later steeds onvergeetlik, Die Burger 3 Januarie 2000[1]

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