Jan Pohl

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Jan Pohl (1917-1997). Actor, composer, artist and musician.


He was born in 1917, the son of Pieter Pohl. He died in July 1997 in Philippolis in the Free State at the age of 80, survived by his wife and four children.

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

He played an important part in the theatre of Pretoria in the 1940s. Became a prominent member of Volksteater as actor and elocutionist. Also a co-founder of Die Katdorings Groep (with his sister, Anna Neethling-Pohl).

He had roles on stage in Lenie (H.A. Fagan, 1941?*), Dagbreek (Wynand du Preez), for the Krugersdorp Municipal Dramatic and Operatic Society (Dir. Hermien Dommisse, 1941)**.

A composer of popular songs, he composed satirical and comic songs used for the Katdorings anti-war performances. Also, based on these, compiled the text for the political cabaret In 'n Skewe Straatjie (Volksteater, 1945). Also designed programmes.

On radio he had a role in the Springbok Radio comedy series Lood Landroster.


Die Volksblad, 24 July 1997.

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