Dorothy-Ann Gould

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Dorothy-Ann Gould. [Also spelled “Dorothy-ann”, “Dorothy ann” or "Dorothy Ann" in sources] (1953-) Actress and director.

Biography

Youth

Training

Studied drama at the University of Natal, Durban, under Elizabeth Sneddon, obtaining a B.A. Honours (cum laude).

Career

She has appeared in more than 180 productions over the world. In the 1980s she went to England for five years, where she did fourteen productions. After her return she has worked for most of the theatre companies in South Africa and as a stage actress she made name for herself with some superb performances.

Gradually moved on to television and over the years has played leading roles in more than 12 productions and series. Perhaps best known for the role of Trish in the popular TV soap-opera Isidingo.

Quoted from the programme of Pieter Toerien's The Breath of Life, 2004: 'Dorothy has had a stellar career both in South Africa and internationally. The recipient of 28 nominations for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, she has 18 Awards in theatre and television to her credit and has performed in over 160 productions. She continued her career in America and the UK, living and working in London for 5 years. During this time she appeared in 14 productions, playing leading roles on London's West En and most notably playing the female lead in Titus at the Royal National Theatre opposite Sir Antony Sher. In the years of radio dramas she could be heard on the radio almost every day.

She has directed 7 plays for the theatre and her production of People are Living There won Vita quarterly and regional awards; she has taught voice and acting technique in SA and London and is the Artistic Director of the newly opened Actor's Centre which aims to offer Master classes of all kinds to professionals in theatre and television raising awareness of standards and encouraging new South African work.

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

She starred in Enemies, 1972; Butley (1973), Major Barbara (PACT in January 1975), A Flea in her Ear(PACT at the Alexander Theatre in 1976) , Lee Harvey Oswald (1976), London Assurance (PACT 1977), P.S. Your Cat is Dead (1978), The Norman Conquests at His Majesty's Theatre in 1979, Round and Round the Garden 1979, Fifth of July (André Huguenet Theatre in 1982), The Importance of Being Earnest (PACT in 1982), Talley's Folly (Upstairs at the Market in 1982), As You Like It, Maynardville, 1984, Stevie at the Market in 1985, One for the Road at the Wits Theatre in 1985, Tom and Viv (Alhambra Theatre in August 1986), Othello (Market Theatre, 1986), Othello at the Market in September 1987, The Little Foxes in 1989.

The Witches (19**).

Hello and Goodbye at Upstairs at the Market in 1994, Titus Andronicus (Market Theatre, 1995), The Taming of the Shrew (Maynardville, 19** & 1996), Kindertransport (1997), The Free State (Janet Suzman/Chekhov, 1998).

She directed Japes for Pieter Toerien and starred in Decorating Affairs and The Graduate at Montecasino.

The Breath of Life (2004), Hamlet (Baxter Theatre, 2005).

Played the lead in Molora for ARC Productions, which opened in 2007 and travelled internationally till 2011. [Malora (19**),??]

The Bird Watchers (2014),

Awards, etc

Talley's Folly (Fleur du Cap Theatre Award, Best Actress,1983), Stevie (Fleur du Cap Theatre Award, Best Actress, 1986).

By 2005 she had won 19 Best Actress awards.

Sources

SACD 1975/76; 1977/78; 1978/79.

Tucker, 1997.

Programme of Toerien's The Breath of Life, 2004.


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