Frantz Dobrowsky

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Frantz Dobrowsky (1948-2006) was an actor.


He was born in the Transkei.

He studied Speech and Drama at Rhodes University and went on to become a fine bilingual (Afrikaans and English) character actor.

He took his own life in January 2006.

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

He worked for various companies, such as The Space, CAPAB, Baxter Theatre and PACT over the years.

Among the many plays he appeared in between 1969 and 2004 have been Epicœne, or The silent woman (1969), Oedipus (as "Creon"), The Nuns (as "Sister Ines", 1972), Doctor Faustus (as "Mephistopheles"), A Macbeth (as the "Third Macbeth" ), A Lily in Little India (PACT 1973), Three Months Gone (PACT 1973), Tartuffe, Story Theatre (PACT 1974), Lesson in Blood and Roses (Space Theatre, 1974) Metamorphosis (PACT at the Arena), Lee Harvey Oswald (PACT, 1976), A Flea in her Ear (PACT, 1976), Journey's End, PACT in February 1977, Ibchek, at Upstairs at the Market in 1979, Henry Rootenberg’s Zeyda, or A Pedlar's Progress (the Laager and the Alexander Theatre, 1981), Lunatic and Lover, People's Space 1981, Savages, (PACT, 1982), Chekhov in Yalta (PACT, 1984/5), Uncle Vanya (PACT, 1986), As Is (1986), Panics (1991), "Antoine" in Mirakel (as "Antoine", 1992), Palang van Dwaal (1998, as "Kouvoet"), The Eleventh Commandment (1998), El Grande de Coca Cola (National Arts Festival 1999), Inkleurboek vir Twee (KKNK 1999), Death of a Salesman (Baxter Theatre, 2001), Run to Ground (2003), Nagkantoor (KKNK 2004), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (1978), The Crucible (Market Theatre 1996) , El Grande de Coca Cola (1999), Groucho at Large, Please tell us what's going on, please! (2002).

Together with the author he directed Paul Slabolepszy’s double bill Under the Oaks and Over the Hill which was presented by the Market Theatre in September 1985.

He had a role in Manie van Rensburg's film The Native Who Caused All the Trouble (1990).

Awards, etc

Won the Stuart Leith Trophy in 1973 for best English actor.

He received a posthumous Naledi Lifetime Achiever Award in 2006 .


SACD 1973; 1974’; 1975/76.

Pretoria News, 23 May 1985.

Tucker, 1997.

Various entries in the NELM catalogue.

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