Peet van Rensburg

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P.C. Jansen van Rensburg (19**-2019) was an Afrikaans director, playwright and lecturer.

Widely known as Peet van Rensburg or Peet Jansen van Rensburg, or more formally as Dr. P.C. Jansen van Rensburg.


He studied at the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education , obtaining a doctorate on the directing principles of Konstantin Stanislavski[1] (Van Rensburg 1977), a resource which has been quite widely used by Afrikaans drama students over the years.

Taught drama at the Drama Department at the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education for 35 years, till the closure of the Drama Department in 198*, directing a number of plays for them. After which he worked a freelance director, translator, adaptor and playwright, inter alia for KykNet, Lefra Productions and various other theatre companies.

In latter years he also owned a guest house "Cosy Cottages" in Potchefstroom.

He died of cancer on 24 Junie, 2019.

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

As director:

He directed a number of plays with his students at the University of Potchefstroom, including a few new works shown at the annual ATKV Kampustoneel festival.

When working for PACOFS he directed a production of Amadeus for

As playwright:

Among his works were a stage adaptations of Etienne van Heerden's novel Toorberg, Dalene Matthee's popular novels Kringe in 'n Bos and Toorbos,

He did widely used translations of popular plays, among them a number of Ray Cooney plays, starting with Run for your Wife (under the title My Vrou se Man se Vrou), and going on to Funny Money (My Vrou se Man se Lyk se Tas). Other translations include 'n Maan vir die Misdeeldes (A Moon for the Misbegotten) by Eugene O'Neill.

He also wrote a number of original Afrikaans one-act plays Ek's of as jy wil, X, Hoogmis, Komnet, Lazarus gaan te Ruste, Paganini and Paraat.

Awards, etc


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