William Egan

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William Egan (Billy). Actor and director for stage and TV.

Often referred to as Billy Egan by friend and colleagues.




In the early 1960s he was a sudent at the Pretoria Teacher’s College and the University of Pretoria.


In the 1960s he worked for PACOFS as an actor and director. ***. He later moved to the Transvaal to work for PACT.

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

He had a role in a 1970 production of Waiting for Godot by PACOFS.

Directed ** , Cry, The Beloved Country

Directed for SUKOVS Charley se Tante on a SA tour, 1978.

He directed Die Wonderwerk (CAPAB, Nico Malan, from 17 April 1979, Kinkels innie Kabel, CAPAB 1979.

He directed PACT’s production of The Crucible in 1981, Theodora, 1981, an Afrikaans translation of The Taming of the Shrew called Die Vasvat van ‘n Feeks starring Marius Weyers and Sandra Prinsloo for PACT at the Pretoria State Theatre in February 1983, The Night of the Iguana in 1983, The Rise and Fall of the First Empress Bonaparte in August 1983, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? for PACT in May 1984.

He is known for his role as Otto Beukes in the Afrikaans language television drama series Ballade Vir 'n Enkeling.

Awards, etc

He was named actor of the year both in 1963 and 1964 during the one-act festivals for Teacher’s Colleges. At the same festival he also received the award as best director for his production of Purgatory (Yeats).


Twaalfde Nag programme notes, PACT 1964.

Tucker, 1997.

Various entries in the NELM catalogue.

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