Damon Galgut

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Damon Galgut (1963-) [1] is a South African playwright, actor and novelist.

He produced an award-winning novel (A Sinless Season, 1982). In 1988 a second novel, A Small Circle of Friends appeared and in 2003 The Good Doctor. In 2010 his novel In a Strange Room was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. His novel Arctic Summer based on the life of E.M. Forster was published in 2014.

Biography

Youth

Training

He studied drama at University of Cape Town in 198*,

Career

After completing his National Service in the South African army he was appointed resident writer for PACT in Pretoria. He left PACT to go abroad, returned to study at UCT after which he became an actor for CAPAB for a while and taught at the University.

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

While still at Pretoria Boys’ High School, he wrote No. 1 Utopia Lane, for which he won a prize at the 1981 SACEE One-act Play Festivals.

Other plays are Echoes of Anger (1983), Alive and Kicking (1984) and A Party for Mother (1986).


Awards, etc

His play Betraying Marriott was short listed for the Amstel Playwright of the Year award in 1989.

Sources

(See De Beer, 1995, Gosher, 1988**) [TH, JH]

NELM catalogue (re Amstel Award)

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