Rhodes University is one of the oldest universities in South Africa.
Located in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape province, it was founded in 1904 as Rhodes University College (R.U.C), through a grant from the Cecil John Rhodes Trust, it became a constituent college of the University of South Africa in 1918, before becoming the independent Rhodes University (RU) the university in 1951.
The University has played a significant role in the evolution of theatre and theatre studies in South Africa, inter alia through the staff and students of its Departments of English, Afrikaans, Musicology and Drama (including the First Physical Theatre Company).
The University has also played a central role in the annual National Arts Festival and has published Cue, the official newpaper of the annual National Arts Festival every year almost from the inception of the Festival.
The Drama Department was founded in 19** and is situated in a theatre centre consisting of the Rhodes University Theatre, the Box Theatre, and for many years has hosted the First Physical Theatre Company as in-house company.
Heads of Department
Prof. Roy Sargeant (from 1973 - 1982)
Prof. Francois Swart (1983 -1985?)
Prof. Beth Dickerson (acting Head, 1986)
Prof. Sydney James (from 1987 - 1991)
Prof. Beth Dickerson (acting Head, 1991 - 1992)
Prof. Gary Gordon (from 1992 - 2009?)
Prof. Andrew Buckland (2010 - June 2013)
Dr Heike Gehring (from ? to present)
Rhodes Drama and the Grahamstown Festival
For more information, see the Grahamstown Festival
The Rhodes Journalism Department and Cue
Daily Dispatch, 15 May 1991
Daily Dispatch, 30 March 1993
Hamlet programme, 1992
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