Owen Sejake

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Owen Sejake (19*-) Actor.





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

His theatrical repertoire includes the most respected playwrights and directors in Africa.

He had a role in Night of the Long Wake which was the opening production of the Dhlomo Theatre in 1983.

Other roles were in Wole Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman (1992), Prophets in the Black Sky (1992), Julius Caesar (as Brutus, Windybrow, 1994).

He has also appeared on stage in Ifindo (1979), The Caucasian Chalk Circle (1986), Daughter of Nebo (1993), Nongogo (1994), The Piano Lesson (1996), The Captain’s Tiger: A Memoir for the Stage (1997 and 1998 and in Afrikaans as Die kaptein se tier in 2011), Milestones (1999), Stand in the Sun (1999), On My Birthday (2002), The Train Driver (2010), The Prize of Peace (2011).

In 1990 he collaborated with Essop Patel in creating The Last Dawn combining music, poetry and drama, a production of which he directed in Soweto and Sebokeng.

He co-directed Last Down with Poppy Taira at the Funda Centre.

Owen has performed in numerous Film, Television and Theater productions. His film credits include, Hijack Stories, Mandela and De Klerk and Shot Down. He is well known for Television appearances on the drama series Yizo Yizo 2, Ke Nako and Soul City.

Awards, etc

Owen was nominated for a Fleur du Cap as best supporting actor for his role in Die kaptein se tier.


Tucker, 1997. 513, 536.

Various entries in the NELM catalogue.

The Daily Mail, 25 July 1990.

Andile Xaba. 2021. 'Collective memory and the construction of a historical narrative, analysis and interpretation of selected Soweto-based community plays (1984–1994)'. Unpublished PhD thesis.

For more information

[1], [2].

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