Percy Baneshik

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Percy Baneshik (1915-1999) Critic, author and playwright. An auto-didact, he became one of the most esteemed, articulate and influential music, film and theatre critics in the country, who worked for a number of Johannesburg newspapers, notably The Star.

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

Baneshik also wrote a number of one act plays, many of them performed at the FATSSA play festivals by the East Rand Theatre Club, including Elizabeth Wears a Wig (1945, published 1947) and The Garden at the Threshold (1951, published 1965) Full -lenth plays include Mr. Midas (Library Theatre, 1945)and the musical Eureka (with music by Bertha Egnos, produced at the Johannesburg Civic Theatre, 1968), *. Baneshik is also the author of radio features entitled Fugue for South African Voices (1952) and Portrait of Sammy Marks (1958). * Also wrote an ode to the Johannesburg REPS which was read by Muriel Alexander during the inaugural ceremony of the new Johannesburg REPS Theatre which opened in Johannesburg on the 7th of November 1951. Wrote As scriptwriter produced many features for radio.

According to G.J. Joubert Percy Baneshik of The Star, is a fine stylist capable of informed evaluation at all times. His reviews maintain a consistently high standard, with hardly any fluctuation of critical perspective. Stimulation and development of the public's interest in, and knowledge of the theatre are the most commendable feature of his reviews.


He received the Thomas Pringle Award for journalism in 1974.


Joubert, G.J. 1974.

De Beer, 1995, Joyce, 1999, Tucker, 1997.,_Percy

Various entries in the NELM catalogue.

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