Ivan Abrahams

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Ivan Abrahams (1952-) Actor, director, company manager, cultural organiser.


Born in the Cape. Completed a B.. degree at the University of the Western Cape in 1983, and in 1985 studied Theatre-in-education, acting and directing at the British Theatre Association.

Worked with Group 44 (1970s), founded the Belhar Cast theatre group, producing and directing (1979 till late 1980s) Worked professionally for various companies, including the Space Theatre, CAPAB and the Baxter Theatre. Manager of Youth Programmes and head of the Education and Audience Development for CAPAB (from its inception till 1997), then became a freelance actor and community worker (1997-). Founder and projects coordinator of the community and educational theatre company Cape Heart (1997-).

Also a respected adjudicator for theatre festivals and eisteddfodau, and a Forum Theatre facilitator.


Acting credits include include Elke Ou Storie (Space Theatre, 1970s) , The Final Sting of the Dying Wasp (Space Theatre, 1979), Peter Snyders's Political Joke, (1986); The Horse-Thief (1986); Tienuur Maak Die Deure Oop (PACOFS 1987); , Jobias (1998); Suip! (Baxter Theatre, 1999 - there were six South African runs and two international runs of this acclaimed play), Send for Dolly (Artscape), The Fire Raisers (Baxter Theatre), Kanna hy kô Hystoe (Baxter Theatre), Vatmaar (Baxter Theatre, 2002), Valley Song (Baxter Theatre, 2003), Kringe in 'n Bos (2004), and Shirley, Goodness and Mercy (Baxter, 2007), Playground (Baxter Theatre, 200*), Twaalfde Nag; Krismis van Map Jacobs; Interrupting Henry; The Tempest (2010); Die Laaste Karretjiegraf (Fugard Theatre, 2013).

Film and TV

Roles in Generations, Soutmansland, Egoli and Orion. [TH]


He was nominated for a Fleur du Cap Best Actor award for his part in Jobias.


The Star, 9 January 2007.

Programme Die Laaste Karretjiegraf (2013)

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