Helen Houghton (19**-) is a South African theatre director and academic.
Born in Cape Town, born and bred. She studied drama at the University of Cape Town Drama Department under Rosalie van der Gucht. Like her friend and colleague, the late Donald Inskip, she developed a great love of French theatre.
When she left university to live with her widowed mother in Port Elizabeth, she discovered and became involved in a vibrant theatre scene there. She later returned to Cape Town, and became involved in theatre there
She has variably been an academic teacher, actress, director and producer of plays, and author of books dealing with the history of South African towns and villages.
Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance
She directed a number of productions for the Cape Town Gilbert and Sullivan Society, including Ruddigore (1975), Iolanthe (1976 & 2004), The Pirates of Penzance (1976 & 1983), The Mikado (1977), The Sorcerer (1978 & 1990), Patience (1979), The Yeomen of the Guard (1980), The Gondoliers (1981), Princess Ida (1982), Utopia, Limited (1984), is an honorary life member of the Society and was appointed Honorary Vice President in 2013.
One of her most successful students, whom she trained while lecturing at UCT in the education department, was Geoff Hyland, and Leslie French collaborated with her in early Shakespeare productions at Maynardville.
Various entries in the NELM catalogue.
Theatre programme for the Rene Aherenson and Cecilia Sonnenberg production of The Tempest, directed by Helen Houghton, staged at the Maynardville Theatre, year unknown. (NELM: [Collection: KORT, Maurice]: 2012. 379. 36. 46.)
Inskip, 1972. p.137.
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