Paddy Canavan

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Paddy Canavan (1943-). Actress and stage manager.


Born 31 October 1943




Worked for numerous companies, including the Space Theatre, Leonard Schach's Cockpit Players, CAPAB, the Baxter Theatre, PACT.

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

Worked as actress and prompt on Schach’s production of Try for White (Basil Warner, 1959).

Dear Liar 1963/1964, Trap for a Lonely Man (CAPAB 1965) At The Space had roles in Fallen Angels, Female Transport, Popcorn (Pieter-Dirk Uys, 1973) and A Tribute to Noel Coward.

Later prominent work includes roles in The Dresser (Baxter Theatre, 1980 and the Market Theatre, 1982), Spider's Web (Pieter Toerien 1981), , Showboat (PACT, 1985), Lettice and Lovage (1988)

Also had roles in King John, See How They Run (as “Miss Skillon”), Red Peppers (as “Lilly”), Fumed Oak and Red Peppers (as “Granny”), A Collier's Friday Night (as “Mother”), King Lear (as “Goneril”), Rookery Nook ( as “Mrs Leveret”), Female Transport (as “Winnie”), First Night of Pygmalion (as “Mrs Patrick-Campbell”), Blithe Spirit (as “Madame Arcati”, 1976), Pirandello’s Henry IV (as “Matilda”), Night of January 16th (as “Magda Svenson”), Murder Among Friends (as “Gert”), Golda (as “Lou”), Murder at the Vicarage (as “Miss Marple”), The Shadow Box (as “Agnes”), The Sound of Music (as “Countess”), Romantic Comedy (as “Blanche”), Rose (as “Smale”), Spider's Web (as “Mildred Peake”), The Fan (as "Belle Goldman").

Cabaret 1995, Kindertransport 1997, The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Baxter Theatre, 2000), See How They Run 2006, The Unexpected Guest 2007.

Awards, etc

Fleur du Cap Best Supporting Actress:Beauty Queen of Leenane.

Nominated 1994 FNB Vita Cape in The Fan (best actress in a supporting role).


SACD 1973; 1974; 1975/76; 1977/78; 1978/79; 1979/80; 1981/82.

Tucker, 1997.

Various entries in the NELM catalogue.

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