Sandra Duncan

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Sandra Duncan (19**-). Actress on stage and screen.




Sandra trained at RADA.


On graduating she worked extensively in repertory in England. She returned to settle in England in 1993.

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

She came to South Africa for Toerien-Firth Company in 1974 to star in Let Sleeping Wives Lie followed by The Pay-Off, Otherwise Engaged, Getting Away With Murder and Vanities, all for this management.

Other productions include Twelfth Night (withNAPAC, 1978), Dusa Stas Fish and Vi (at the Market Theatre), Sly Fox (at the Market Theatre) and The Norman Conquests (at the Baxter Theatre), Bodies (Market Theatre), A Midsummer Night's Dream (NAPAC).

She starred in A.R. Gurney’s Children with Erica Rogers and Kim Braden at the Intimate Theatre in 1974, Otherwise Engaged for Toerien-Firth Company in 1976, Twelfth Night (NAPAC 1978), Rose 1980/1981, Macbeth (CAPAB 1981), Monday After the Miracle for PACT, 1982, The Lady's not for Burning PACT in 1982, Virginia at Upstairs at the Market in February 1983, The Night of the Iguana (PACT, 1983), she replaced Fiona Ramsay in Agnes of God, 1983, Virginia, 1984, The Merchant of VeniceRichard Haines, dir. Ken Leach, set design: Penny Simpson; costume design: James Parker, Sand Du Plessis Theatre, Aug. 1985.

She starred in The Anastasia File in 1986, Miscarriage of Murder for Pieter Toerien in 1986, Pieter Toerien’s production of Stepping Out at the André Huguenet Theatre in 1986, The Anastasia File 1987, Deadly Embrace under Moira Lister’s direction at the Leonard Rayne Theatre in 1987, she played the title role in William Luce’s Lillian at Upstairs at the Market in 1988, she starred in Terrence Shank’s production of Persona at the Windybrow in May 1990, A Moon for the Misbegotten 1992, she played "Aunt Alicia" in Lerner and Loewe's Gigi at the Pretoria State Theatre in 1992, she starred in Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance in 1993.

Awards, etc

"Sarah" in The Norman Conquests (Fleur du Cap Theatre Award, Best Supporting Actress, 1979),

"Virginia Woolf" in Virginia (Fleur du Cap Theatre Award, Best Actress, 1984),

"Mrs Manahn" in The Anastasia File (Fleur du Cap Theatre Award, Best Actress, 1987).

Vita National 1992 for her performance in Persona, and as Josie Hogan in A Moon for the Misbegotten [actress of the year];

Nominated DALRO 1993 A Delicate Balance (best actress on the English stage);


SACD 1977/78; 1979/80.

Rose programme notes, 1980.

Various entries in the NELM catalogue.

Tucker, 1997.

For more information

Interview with Murray McGibbon 2011 [1].

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