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Voëlvry ("outlawed") is an epic play by D.J. Opperman.

Not to be confused with the Voëlvry Movement of the 1980s.

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A commissioned piece for CAPAB, the play is described as "'n Kroniekspel" ("a chronicle play"), it deals with the Trichardt-family's experiences during the Great Trek of 1838. The first performance in 1967 was the most expensive play produced by CAPAB up to that date.

Published by Human & Rousseau in 1968.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1967: Presented by KRUIK/CAPAB in collaboration with the University of Stellenbosch's drama department company (UTS), directed by Fred Engelen assisted by Ria Olivier. The play opened at the H.B. Thom Theatre on 26 April. Fred le Roux and Johan Malherbe alternated as Louis Trigardt, Suzanne van Wyk and Gertie Smith-Visser as Martha Trigardt, Johan Malherbe and Pieter Fourie as Karel Trigardt. Other cast members were Jannie Gildenhuys, Ernst Eloff, Christine Basson, Glynn Day, Willem de la Querra, Etienne Pienaar, Woutrine Theron, Johan van Jaarsveld, Antoinette Terblanche, Pieter Joubert, Nerina Ferreira, Danie Marais, Bruwer Engelbrecht, Marco van der Colff and Le Roi Steenkamp. Décor designed by Otto Shröder, costumes designed by Elaine Aucamp, music composed by Prof G. Gruber, choreography by Marina Keet. Sound operator Martin Crous, lighting by George von Möllendorf.


Voëlvry theatre programme, 1967.

Grütter, Wilhelm, CAPAB 25 Years, 1987. Unpublished research. p 51.

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