University of Cape Town Drama Department

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The Drama Department of the University of Cape Town, often referred to as UCT Drama Department.

The beginnings

University of Cape Town Conservatoire of Music and Prof Bell

In the Stal Plein Hotel ("Stable Square Hotel"), the home of the South African College of Music (SACM) at the University of Cape Town, Prof William Henry 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.

Minna Freund was appointed head of Speech Training

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.

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

The Baxter Theatre Centre, designed by Jack Barnett, opened on 1 August 1977. It came into being as the result of a bequest from the late Dr W. Duncan Baxter who, in his will, bequeathed an amount of money to the University of Cape Town for the purpose of establishing a theatre which would, in the words of Dr Baxter, “develop and cultivate the arts in Cape Town and the adjacent districts”.

For more information, see Baxter Theatre.


Donald Inskip, 1972.

Baxter Theatre Official Website,

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