Gaynor Young

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Gaynor Young (19*-) Actress.


An actress for PACT, whose fall from a dangerous set in the State Theatre Pretoria during a production of Camelot in December 1989 caused a major revision in safety provisions in theatres in South Africa when she took the Council and its office bearers to court. Gaynor later wrote and toured a play about her life entitled My Plunge to Fame (1994).




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

She starred in The Runner Stumbles in 1985; Private Lives (National Arts Festival 1988); in Fred Abrahamse’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Market Theatre in 1989. Scorched Earth (Pieter-Dirk Uys, 1989) She was Kate Normington’s understudy in Camelot at the State Theatre when she suffered a fall from the staged leaving her with impaired hearing, sight and mobility. She told her story in the one-woman show My Plunge to Fame in 1994 at the Civic Theatre.

Awards, etc

She was awarded a regional Vita Award (KwaZulu/Natal) for My Plunge to Fame (best new script).


National Arts Festival programme, 1988. 58.

Tucker, 1997. 474, 482.

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