Behind the Yellow Door

Written by:

Flora Stohr-Danziger

Cast Size:
12

Roles For:

  • Men: 6
  • Women: 6

Genre:

Dance/Movement/Clown
Drama

Themes:

Africa
Family
Relationships
Religion
Romance

Length:

120 min.

Year Written:

1963

Synopsis:

Behind the Yellow Door is set in the height of the Apartheid period in Cape Town, South Africa, and begins with preparations for the New Year Carnivals. Sena is in love with Ahlie, a Muslim who is known as the Sunshine Boy. Mrs. Daniels, her mother, a devout Christian, strongly disapproves of Ahlie. Her hopes rest in the brilliant future of her youngest son.” (From the CPO Website)

Characters:

Achmat Gamaldien, known as Ahlie, The Golden Dixie’s Sunshine Boy

Sena Daniels, Ahlie’s girlfriend, about 24 years old

Davey Daniels, Sena’s brother, 18 years old

Mrs. Raymond, the Daniels’ next-door neighbour

Mrs. Daniels, a widow in her late forties

Betty Daniels, Sena’s younger sister, a schoolteacher

Mr. Raymond, lives next door. Works at the Municipal Stables.

Dolly, his 15 year-old daughter

George Isaacson, Betty’s fiancee

Mr. Parker, the principal of Davey’s school

Members of The Golden City Dixies and their Girlfriends

First Produced:

1963, Little Theatre, Cape Town, South Africa

Resources:

Behind the Yellow Door is available through the CPO Website.

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