Guy Willoughby

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Guy Willoughby (1956-2009) Satirist, performer, playwright, critic, academic, journalist, lecturer, and commentator.


Guy was married to Finuala Dowling. He had a daughter, Beatrice. His sister is the actress Corinne Willoughby. He died at the age of 53 in Cape Town in August 2009.



He is a graduate of the University of Cape Town.


Guy has taught English in Cape Town since 1981. He has presented occasional comic pieces at various venues and in 1981-1982 assisted in establishing the Glass Theatre Experimental Group in Cape Town. Guy has written for the Bloody Horse, Frontline Magazine and The Argus newspaper group and was an occasional book reviewer for SABC.

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

He produced and directed Oscar Wilde's The Canterville Ghost (1982) and King Lear (1984) for Milnerton High School Players.

Stage roles include The Wages of Sin / Perfidious Piecework (The Space, 1978).

His key creation as satirist has been Major Schisstirrer in productions such as Operation Offensive! and Quo Vadis: Schisstirrer.

He directed Die Vals Duet (KKNK 1999).

He wrote Spectacles, African Star! - The Will Schreiner Story and Church Full Of Light: Kereke Ya Lesedi (2003).

In 2005 he wrote the libretto for the opera version of Athol Fugard's Valley Song.

Awards, etc


Operation Offensive! pamphlet.

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