n Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe - Dramakroniek : Deon Opperman en enkele ander dramaturge van die jare negentig

Volume 44, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0041-4751


Reza de Wet is the most prominent and most productive playwright of the nineties. The only other writer who can be compared with her at all, is Deon Opperman. Donkerland (1996) is definitely the most important of his four published dramas. This typical fin de siècle work is a long epic drama which represents the history of eight generations of an Afrikaner family during the period 1838-1996. Their lives are tightly interwoven with central moments of South African history and their experiences exemplify to a great extent those of many other Afrikaners.
Other playwrights are Jeanne Goosen, whose three one-act plays are strongly related to the Theatre of the Absurd, Charles J. Fourie, who published a volume of three dramas which involve actualities of South African life, A.S. van Straten who wrote a short stage-drama, as well as a radio play, and Etienne van Heerden who published a cabaret. These dramas are of unequal quality and the total yield of this period is small.

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