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AF­TER its an­nual dance fes­ti­val wrapped up last week, the Bax­ter Theatre is go­ing into drama over­drive with three stand-out solo plays: An­toinette Keller­mann in As Die Broek Pas, Gra­ham Weir in Dead Yel­low Sands and Wes­sel Pre­to­rius in Die On­tel­bare 48.

As Die Broek Pas and Die On­tel­bare 48 are per­formed in Afrikaans and are part of a sea­son Afrikaans plays at the Bax­ter. There is a dis­counted rate if one buys ticket for both pro­duc­tions.

As Die Broek Pas (If the Pants Fit) is at the Bax­ter Flip­side from Novem­ber 3- 12. Di­rec­tion and de­sign is by Marthi­nus Bas­son.

A woman, Ella (Keller­mann) as­sumes the iden­tity of her dead hus­band, Max Ger­icke. Dis­guised as a man, she takes over his job as a crane driver in a fac­tory. The play is set in Ger­many in the 1930s when peo­ple were des­per­ate for work. Ella did what she could in or­der to sur­vive, said Keller­mann. “She as­sumes his iden­tity and has to re­lin­quish much of her self – her fem­i­nin­ity.”

The play in­ter­ro­gates sur­vival, gen­der, iden­tity.

Writ­ten in 1982 by Ger­man play­wright Man­fred Karge, it was ti­tled Jacke wie Hose and was based on a true story. The lit­eral trans­la­tion is “jacket or trousers.”

The English trans­la­tion is Man to Man – trans­lated by An­thony Vivis and Tinch Min­ter. When award- win­ning writer Willem Anker trans­lated the play into Afrikaans, he went with the res­o­nant ti­tle, As Die Broek Pas. Keller­mann said: “It’s a play on the Afrikaans ex­pres­sion – ‘as die skoen pas’ – ‘if the shoe fits, wear it’.”

Keller­mann per­formed As Die Broek Pas in 2012 – as part of the prac­ti­cal com­po­nent for a mas­ter’s de­gree at the Uni­ver­sity of Stel­len­bosch.

Keller­mann has been cast in male parts many times and in her the­sis she stud­ied so-called “trouser ac­tresses” – women play­ing the roles of men.

Keller­mann sub­se­quently per­formed As Die Broek Pas and Man to Man – in tan­dem – at the Fu­gard Theatre.

She per­formed the play in Afri- kaans on the fes­ti­val cir­cuit and in English at the Na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val in Gra­ham­stown.

“So many is­sues in the play res­onate with us to­day – un­em­ploy­ment, gen­der in­equal­ity and pol-

As Die Broek Pas,

An­toinette Keller­mann in at the Bax­ter.

Die On­tel­bare 48.

Wes­sel Pre­to­rius, who di­rects and per­forms in

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