Lynette Marais

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Lynette Marais (19**-). Actress, stage manager, theatre administrator and director.





Was stage manager for PACT English drama. She was the administrative head of PACT since 1982. She then became the director of the Grahamstown Festival until 2008 when Ismail Mahomed took over the position.

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

She has appeared on stage in Tartuffe (PACT 1973}, Kinkels in die Kabel (PACT 1973), Die Dame met die Kamelias (CAPAB 1966}, Die Sirkusavontuur (PACT 1969), Lappies die Lappiesmous, Picnic in Town, Troilus and Cressida (PACT 1974), Ring Round the Moon (PACOFS]] 1967), Antigone (by Sophocles) (PACT 1970), Sextet 69, Kafka: The Trial, Moeite met die Minnaars (1968), The House of Blue Leaves, The White Liars.

She commissioned Janice Honeyman to adapt and direct Charles Dickens's Hard Times for PACT in 1989.

Awards, etc

DALRO award (Outstanding Practical Contribution to the performing arts in South Africa in the sphere of theatre administration), circa 1994.

Lynette Marais, Fleur du Cap Lifetime Achievement Award, awarded March 2009.

Naledi Award, Lifetime Achievers, 2009.

Arts and Culture Trust Awards of the President.


SACD 1973; 1974.

Tucker, 1997. 459, 475.

Sunday Independent, 15 March 2009.

Business Day, 21 April 2009.

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