Johann Nel (19**-). Teacher, stage and radio actor and copy-writer.
Trained at ***, he became a teacher then lecturer at the ** College in **. He also became a voice artist for SABC radio and television, and did the occasional semi-professional and amateur play. After he left the College in 199*, he joined an advertising firm in Cape Town as copywriter.
Contribution to South African theatre
While working full time, he also indulged in acting on a more professional basis, often performing for the University of Stellenbosch and Spektrum Productions at the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (a national arts festival) in Oudtshoorn.
Shows include “So is ek Gebek” (This is how I speak) – a programme on Afrikaans (199*-1999?). He also played in Jill Fletcher’s play on André Huguenet André Huguenet – Meneer! (2000) in the role of his (almost) namesake Johan Nell.
He did a successful series of one-man performances, including Uitverkoop! (1998), Man (S.nw) by Madelein Volschenk (2003), Botspoppe by Nico Burger (Albert Maritz, 2004), 'n Handvol Gruis,(Aardklop, 2002). Other productions include August August, August (1987), Man, Manner, Manste (1998), Susanna die Geliefde (1999), Pas de Deux (2004, 2005), Festen (2007), Daar Leef Mense Daar (2008), Derde Party (2009), God van Chaos (2010), Die Renosters (2011).
Cape Times, 31 May 2000.
Sunday Independent, 16 March 2008.
Die Burger, 16 November 2010.
Volksblad, 14 July 2011.
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