Eersterus Performing Arts Council
An amateur group formed by Paul Jacobs in the "coloured" township Eersterus, outside Pretoria. They were the first black group to attend a meeting on amateur theatre in South Africa in November 1975, a meeting organised by Joy Woods, Chairman of The Greenwood Tree. **
Under the mentorship of University of Pretoria Drama Department drama lecturer Hannes Horne, they renamed themselves the Eersterus Performing Arts Council (Afrikaans: Eersterus Raad vir die Uitvoerende Kunste - ERUK) in 19**. In 1981 they became agents for the Department of Education and Culture's arts outreach programme.
Among their important productions were to follow, and include Kanna hy kô Hystoe (Adam Small, 19**), Bacchus in die Boland (Bartho Smit, 19**), Kinkels in die Kabel (André P. Brink, 19**), **. . ** , Faan se Trein (Pieter Fourie, April, 1984), Die Huigelaar (1988). Other productions were Noah, A View from the Bridge and Dark of the Moon.
Smith, 1990, p49;
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