Faruk Hoosain

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Faruk Hoosain (19**-) is a South African stage manager, designer and actor. His name is also spelled Farouk Hoosain in some cases.


Hoosain trained and worked as a school teacher in Durban.

His work in education was characterised by creative, strategic learning interventions, his focus being on using the arts as a medium to encourage learning with critical ways of seeing, and thinking about the world. In 1978 this approach resulted in his censure and dismissal as teacher by the apartheid authorities, especially for his refusal to participate in a memorial service for the apartheid president.

On 3 November 1990 he was one of the co-organisers and speakers at a workshop on "People's Education" held by the TASA Speech and Drama Society at the New West Secondary School in Newlands West, Durban. The programme for the occasion included performances of a workshopped play entitled Race and Racism (devised by the Std 8 Speech and Drama pupils at the school) and an abridged version of Essop Khan and Mohammed Ali's Jamal Syndrome.

His work in theatre

He came to Cape Town and worked at The Space in the 1970s. He stage managed The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant, The Crafty Tortoise, The Duchess of Malfi, The Disguise of the Ashes that arose out of the Karnaval at Scarborough to prove that Leonardo was Right–an investigation of guilt, Edith Piaf – Je Vous Aime, The Guise, Imfuduso, The Incredible Vanishing, Joggers and A Thousand Clowns. He also did the sound for The Duchess of Malfi, the lighting for Imfuduso and appeared as actor in The Resistable Rise of Arturo UI.


Astbury 1979.

"Faruk Hoosains pre-figurative work", E-mail correspondence from C.L.A.S.S. Consulting (class@efunda.co.za), Monday 30 September, 2013.

"Liberating Theatre", TASA News, December, 1990 (P.7)

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