Johan Engelbrecht

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(19**-) Actor.


Born in Florida, attended the Floridase Afrikaanse Hoërskool.


He did his drama training, specialising in design, at the University of Pretoria.


He started out in PACT's paint shop, during which time he designed the sets and costumes for five productions, including The Cherry Orchard. Thereafter he worked for two years with PACT Playwork. He joined PACT's Afrikaans Company in 1981.

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

Performed in The Archon (as “The Boy”), in 1981 in Siener in die Suburbs (as “Tjokkie”), Germanicus, Twaalfde Nag. In Evita (as the understudy for “Ché”), Spoke (as "Oswald") 1982, Die Leeu in die Winter (as "John") 1982, Evita (as "Che Guevery"), Robinson Crusoe and he wrote, directed and choreorgraphed a cabaret called Inside Outside. In 1982 he has taken part in Mattewis en Meraai, and Ons Wag op die Kaptein. He appeared in Robinson Crusoe (PACT 1983).

He starred in Bobby Heaney’s production of an Afikaans translation of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons called My Seuns together with Louis van Niekerk and Lida Botha at the Alexander Theatre for TRUK in 1984. He starred in Casper de Vries’s Hallo Suid-Afrika/Hello South Africa, composed, directed and starring de Vries, together with Elsabé Zietsman, June van Merch and Didi Kriel at the Windybrow Theatre late 1986 and early 1987.

He devised the cabarets Inside/Outside, (1982) and Cycle of Songs, (1983).

Awards, etc


Limelight 1981/82; 1983/84.

Evita programme notes, 1982.

Tucker, 1997.

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