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Friday, August 6, 2021


Covid has changed our lives and how we watch and perform theatre. The DUT Department of Drama &Production Studies is making history by presenting their first Zoom performance.

They will perform the story of Krotoa Eva van de Kaap, written by South African playwright Sylvia Vollenhoven. First performed in Amsterdam at the Bijlmeer Park Theatre in October, 2018, it was written in four different languages: English, Afrikaans, Dutch and Khoekhoegoewab. For this student production most of the Afrikaans was translated into English and the Dutch limited to the wedding ceremony. The Khoekhoegoewab, spoken in the play by Chief Oedasoa is translated by the character of Krotoa.

Jan van Riebeek, who arrived in the Cape of Good Hope in 1652, built the “Castle of Good Hope”, the oldest building in South Africa. It was originally only meant to be a refreshment station for the VOC ships on their way to Batavia (now Indonesia) but the Europeans stayed and founded what became the Cape Colony on the land of the First Nation people.

Krotoa, the niece of Chief Autshomato, came into the household of Van Riebeek and his French Huguenot wife Maria at the age of 15 to assist as a translator between the so-called “Hottentots” and the Dutch settler colonialists from the Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie (VOC). Krotoa is torn between the hopes and wishes of her own First nation people and the demands and colonialist behaviour of Van Riebeeck and his men.

Join the production on Zoom on August 10 and 11, 2021, at 19h30.


Use the link on the poster or this Zoom ID to join:

Meeting ID: 925 078 6385

PW: 578275 or