Originally called Die Vrystaatse Toneelskool ("The Free State Theatre School"), it was also known by many other names, including simply "Die Toneelskool", die Toneelskool van die Hanekoms and Die Hanekoms se Toneelskool.
The school was set up in Bloemfontein by Hendrik Hanekom and Mathilde Hanekom in September 1934 when Mathilde’s health became a concern and their daughter needed to go to school. It lasted a little more than 3 years and was basically a theatrical society which put on 15 plays between 1934 and 1937, utilizing a number of local amateurs who went on to become important figures in amateur and professional theatre.
Binge, 1969; Hanekom, 19**
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