Barrie Michael Hough (1953-2004). Journalist, novelist, dramatist and theatre reviewer.
Youth and training
Hough was born in Johannesburg on 17 January 1953. His father died when he was a boy and he was raised by his mother. He went to Helpmekaar Boys' High School in Johannesburg and then to Rand Afrikaans University where he completed a degree in communication, followed by a master's degree, writing his thesis on the plays of Athol Fugard.
He was a teacher at St Barnabas College in Johannesburg before he went into journalism. Joined the arts page of Rapport in 19**, and became one of the most influential and popular theatre critics of the 1980s and 1990s. Also became a multiple award-winning writer of children’s stories (notably the award-winning My kat word herfs ) .
After teaching briefly he joined the Afrikaans daily newspaper Beeld as a theatre critic.
Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance
In 1984 his arts journalism won him an AA Vita Award.
Sunday Times, 22 August 2004.
Various entries in the NELM catalogue.
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