René Ahrenson

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René Ahrenson (1905-1990) was an actress, director and theatre entrepreneur.

Born and raised in Cape Town (??). In collaboration with her friend Cecilia Sonnenberg, she created the Spotlight Theatre during the second world war and they held numerous play readings in the Electricity House Theatre in Strand Street. * In 1948 she directed the Irish play Happy as Larry for the UCT Dramatic Society with a cast of students. * In 1956 she and Sonnenberg initiated and went on to manage the Shaespeare productions at the Maynardville Open-Air Theatre in Wynberg, Cape Town. There she appeared in and directed numerous productions, including ****.

Also a founder member of The Company of Four with Leonard Schach, Donald Inskip and Cecilia Sonnenberg.

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See: De Beer, 1995; Tucker, 1997; Inskip, 197*

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