Fatima Royline Dike (“Fats”). (13 September 1948-) Actress, stage manager, storyteller and playwright.
She was born in Langa, Cape Town and went to school at Rustenberg High. Started work in a bookshop in Langa belonging to her brother-in-law. Her friend Sue Clark introduced her to poetry as an art form and she began writing.
Attended the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and spent some time in self-imposed exile in New York (1979-83).
On her return from New York she first rejoined the bookshop, before Nomhle Nkonyeni drew her back to theatre.
Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance
Her other plays were The First South African (performed Space, 1977, published 1978), The Crafty Tortoise, a children’s play (performed Space Theatre, 1978), Glasshouse (performed Space, 1979, published 1999*?). She now wrote So What's New? (performed Market Theatre, 1991, published 1996), Street Walking and Company Valet Service (performed Baxter Theatre,??* 2000),
In 2005 she participated in The Storytelling Festival at The Baxter Theatre Centre (in association with Sibikwa Community Theatre Project). Co-founder with Roy Sargeant of the Siyasanga South African Theatre Company in 2006.
She directed Nothing but the Truth (2012).
At the Black Theatre Festival in North Carolina she received a Life-Long Achievement Award (2009).
She won Naledi's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.
Pat Scwartz 1988.
Cape Times 30 July 1998.
Mail and Guardian 29 November 2001.
The Citizen, 18 March 2014.
See also ArtsLink 2008.
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