Marguerite I. Murray

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Marguerite Isabel Murray (1899-1983). Lecturer, director, writer, translator. (also called Maxie Murray ?)

She was a lecturer at the University of Cape Town.

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

She directed Gebroke Drade, Die Nuwe Wêreld, Fritsie, Vroueskool, Die Wildsboudjie, 'n Sonnige Dag, Paastyd, Mademoiselle, Beatriks Ursula, The Gioconda Smile, Die Indringer (1935), Die Hoogste Reg, Illusie-Simfonie, Die Man met die Blom in sy Mond, Moraal, Huis te Koop (1935).

Several of these plays in Afrikaans were translated by Marguerite from the original scripts.

Marguerite directed Hantie kom Huistoe (P.W.S. Schumann) at the Oranjeklub on 2 December 1933, with Anna Pohl, Gideon Roos, Herman Steytler and others.

She is the author of Witwater se Mense, published in 1974, which was adapted for the stage by Alwyn Swart.

She was a founding member of the Kaapstadse Afrikaanse Toneelvereniging in 1934.

She wrote the plays Die Bron (1935), Binnehof, Op pad na Bethlehem : 'n kersspel, So Onder Deur die Maan, Die Stem van die See, Helgaard Weder and Sneeu op die Ewenaar as well as puppet plays.

She acted in Die Idioot in 1943 and in Die Gode Lag in 1945.

In 1937 she became a specialist member of the Toneelburo of the F.A.K..


Stellenbosch University Library catalogue.

Binge, 1969.

Nel, F.J. 1972.

The Marguerite Isabel Murray Collection is held at the Stellenbosch University Library Document Centre MS 307 in 3 pamphlet boxes. Description: Manuscripts ; notebooks ; speeches ; correspondence ; photographs ; clippings. This collection includes diverse documents regarding theatre as M.I. Murray was a member of the Kaapstadse Afrikaanse Toneelvereniging (KAT) as well as manuscripts of her own work as writer.

An inventory of the collection is available.

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