Denis Hatfield

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Denis Hatfield (b. Prestwich, Lancashire, **/**/1906 - d. **/**/****) was a long time reviewer , arts critic, radio broadcaster, the author of a number of books on South African arts and culture and occasional publisher. Also published as Denis Hatfield Bullough and on occasion as Denis Bullough


Baptised Denis Hatfield Bullough, he generally used the pseudonym Denis Hatfield.

He worked closely with a number of people in the arts world, most prominently with his partner in the 1940s, the artist, designer and author John Dronsfield. (See for example their joint publications[1])

He later became the life partner of actor and director Bill Curry, whom he first met when Curry was a young man just beginning in Cape Town theatre.

Contribution to South African theatre, film, media and performance

As publisher he was responsible for Non-Europeans Only : Thirty-six Drawings by John Dronsfield (Cape Town: Denis Bullough, 1942)

Among his own best known books on South African arts and cultural matters are:

The Work of John Dronsfield (Johannesburg: SA Architectural Record, 1944);

Satires and Verses by John Dronsfield, edited by Denis Hatfield Bullough (Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press, 1955)

Some South African Monuments Based on a series of talks broadcast by the English Service of Radio South Africa, it was edited by Hatfield and illustrated by E.A. Gundersen. (Cape Town/Johannesburg, Purnell:1967);

District Six, illustrated by Bruce Franck, with a text by George Manuel and Denis Hatfield (Cape Town, Longmans: 1967);

Cape Theatre in the 1940's: Reviews of Ballet and Drama (Cape Town/Johannesburg, Purnell: 1967).


Wits University Archive: See CURRY, Bill (AM 2788)[2]

Die Burger, 26 April 2011[3]

Shaun Viljoen. 2013. Richard Rive: A Partial Biography ( Wits University Press)

Various entries in the NELM catalogue.

Go to the ESAT Bibliography

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