Gillian Garlick

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Gillian Garlick (19**-). Actress on stage, televison and radio.


She met her husband, Michael McCabe when they worked together in PACT’s production of Butley.



She studied at the University of Cape Town.


She spent four years with CAPAB. She moved to Johannesburg in 1970 where she did productions for PACT as wel as Pieter Toerien. Apart from acting she teaches speech and drama to children.

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

Performed in So What About Love?, Investigations into the Death of a Greek, Charley's Aunt, What the Butler Saw (as “Geraldine”, for Don Hughes), Veronica's Room (for PACT), Otherwise Engaged (as “Beth” for Pieter Toerien), A Streetcar Named Desire (as “Stella”), A Murder is Announced, Blithe Spirit, Butley (with PACT), Lonely Girl (with PACT) and in Say Who You Are (at the Academy Theatre).

Terra Nova, The Real Thing, A Delicate Balance, The Lion in Winter.

She starred in Vladimir Gubartev’s Sarcophagus at the André Huguenet Theatre in 1988.

Other productions include People are Living There, The Beaux Stratagem, Gigi, Heartbreak House, Peter Pan, The School for Scandal, Portuguese Match, Fadren, The Lady from Dubuque, A Song at Twilight, The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail, Homeland.

She had a role in the televised film If This Be Treason.

Awards, etc

Three Leaf Arts Award for Best Supporting Role for her playing of Alais in The Lion in Winter.

Nominated DALRO Award, 1993 for A Delicate Balance (best supporting actress on the English stage)


Teater SA, 1(3), 1969.

SACD 1973; 1975/76; 1977/78; 1978/79; 1979/80; 1980/81.

The Real Thing programme notes, 1983.

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