Drummond Marais (1950-2012). Actor, singer.
Drummond was born on 17 October 1950 in Zimbabwe, then Southern Rhodesia. He settled in Johannesburg in 1983. His spare time was taken up with painting, sculpting, piano playing and developing his writing skills in drama. He passed away in Johannesburg on 25 December 2012.
Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance
His debut in Johannesburg was the role of Ito in Mame followed by two seasons with NAPAC in Winnie the Pooh and Julius Caesar. This was followed by the title role in the Children's Theatre production of Jack and the Beanstalk, Conversations for PACT's 1984 Pot Pourri Festival, and the Merlin Players' production of Lunatic and Lover at the Market Theatre.
He starred in House Guest, Black Coffee, The Runner Stumbles and Equus.Two Into One in 1986, William Finn’s March of the Falsettos at the Adcock-Ingram in September 1989, Sweeney Todd (1990), La Cage aux Folles (Civic Theatre, Johannesburg), Little Shop of Horrors (1999), The Graduate (as Mr Robinson, 2001), Blithe Spirit (2004), In Chicago: The Musical (Jhb 2005), My Fair Lady (as Prof. Higgins, 2006).
Nominated Vita Award (Natal region) 1992 best lead actor Falsettoland.
Won a Naledi Award 2004 Performance in a musical, male.
Tucker, 1997. p. 515.
Programme notes of Two Into One in 1986.
Business Day, 13 May 2005.
Database: South African Studies.
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