University of Cape Town Drama Department

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The beginnings

University of Cape Town Conservatoire of Music and Prof Bell

In the Stal Plein Hotel ("Stable Square Hotel"), the first home of the University of Cape Town Conservatoire of Music, Prof ** Bell did his first productions of plays, an activity which would lead to the founding of the Department of Speech and Drama in 19**. The first such a production was Everyman in 19**, directed by Bell.



Ruth Peffers and her Drama School

Peffer's Drama School was founded in Cape Town by Ruth Peffers in 19**.

In 1938 students from the school did The Old Maid by Akins, under the direction of Leontine Sagan in the Little Theatre Cape Town. * Rosalie van der Gucht taught there when she first came to South Africa. **

The University of Cape Town Drama School

In 19** Peffer's Drama School became the Drama School of the University of Cape Town, with Ruth Peffers as first head. **

UCT Drama Residency

The UCT Drama Residency(Cape Town) provides an opportunity for highly skilled black theatre practitioners to provide role models for the student body; to influence the aesthetic of the work produced by the department and to bring a strong black African perspective to current debate and working methods. MOST SUCCESSFUL ACT-FUNDED PROJECT AWARD 2005

The theatre venues


The Little Theatre

See The Little Theatre


Notes to be EDITED

from TimeOut[1]

The Little Theatre Complex on Orange Street is home to the University of Cape Town's drama and fine arts departments. It's also where you'll find this theatre trio. Ironically, the Little Theatre is the biggest of the three, with seats for 240 people, with the Intimate and Arena offering space for about 70-80 folks. The threesome showcases a tombola of delights, from cutting-edge plays by critically acclaimed playwrights to work by emerging performers and students. There's also a poster-plastered bar for pre-show socialising.


http://www.timeout.com/cape-town/theatre/venue/1%3A23782/little-theatre-complex




The Intimate Theatre

A rehearsal venue built in the 1950s, revamped and turned into a professional theatre in 2002.

See Intimate Theatre

The Baxter Theatre Complex

The Studio

The Arena

Sources

Donald Inskip, 1972.

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