Chas Unwin

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Chas Unwin () is a South African born playwright, theatre director, journalist, painter.

Sometimes referred to as Charles Unwin or C. Unwin


Studied at the University of the Witwatersrand, obtaining a B.A. and a B.A. Hons in Philosophy and Performance studies (1975 - 1978) and B.A. Honours in Performance Studies (1993/4).

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

In 1980 he played a lodger in the Troupe Theatre Company production of Metamorphosis at The People's Space and the Market Theatre (credited as Chas Unwin by Coudyzer).

In 1985 he wrote an experimental play, My Brother Parks, performed that year.

In 2012 he created Orange Book, a site responsive peformance work, and wrote a minor dissertation on the process for his Masters Degree in Theatre and Performance Practice at the University of Cape Town.

He was a contributor to and a member of the editorial board of Noseweek from 2008 to 2017, contributing many articles on the arts and other matters. His more academic publications include "Cinema of Resistance: The Other Side of the Story" (with Colin Belton), in Johan Blignaut and Martin Botha, Movies, Moguls and Mavericks: a Study of South African Cinema 1979-1991 (Showdata, 1992).


Charles Unwin. 2012. Dramatization and Philosophy in Orange Book. Explication of a Site Responsive Performance Work and its Research. An unpublished Masters dissertation, University of Cape Town.[1]

Chas Unwin and Colin Belton. 1992. "Cinema of Resistance: The Other Side of the Story." In: Johan Blignaut and Martin Botha. 1992. Movies, Moguls and Mavericks: A Study of South African Cinema 1979-1991 277–99. Cape Town: Showdata.

Zackie Achmat. 1994. "Off the Control Track: Power, Resistance, and Representation in South African Documentaries". The Journal of the International Institute Volume 1, Issue 2, Summer 1994[2]

Ruphin Coudyzer. 2023. Annotated list of his photographs of Market Theatre productions. (Provided by Coudyzer)

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