Joanna Weinberg

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(19**-) Actress, cabaret and revue artist, playwright.


She was born in London in 1962 and came to South Africa in 1970. Moved to Australia in 1994 with her husband Lloyd, where she made a new career as performer and playwright.


Studied drama at the University of Cape Town Drama Department and obtained her Performer's Diploma In Speech and Drama in 1983.


She became a prominent actress for the Baxter Theatre, PACT and the Market Theatre.

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

Perhaps her most notable role in South Africa was as Desdemona opposite John Kani and Richard Haines in Janet Suzman’s Market Theatre production of Othello in September 1987. However she also made a name for herself in cabaret. Began at venues like No 58, Hillbrow, under the watchful eye of Barbara Thompson. She starred in Janice Honeyman’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, also directed by Honeyman at the Alexander Theatre in 1987. She starred in William Finn’s March of the Falsettos at the Adcock-Ingram Theatre in September 1989. She starred in PACT’s annual pantomime The Sleeping Beauty at the Alexander Theatre in 1990. Played Sorel in Noel Coward's Hayfever; played a role in Patchers at the Women's Festival at the Market Theatre; She played a role in the Volute Productions presentation of West and in Odds and Ends. Played the role of Julie in Pack of Lies (Baxter Theatre 1985). Roles in Far Cry and Stormriders.

She directed Silk Ties.

Her plays include The Piano Diaries, The Puppet Rock Picture Play at the Market Theatre; The Collector at the Intimate Theatre. She created Bellydancing,

Television shows include Fable for Video; Playing with Fire.

She wrote, composed and performed in her own cabaret, Strictempo at Rumours and No 58.

Awards, etc

Nominee 1991 Weinberg, Joanna in A Midsummer Night's Bean (After Dark Award for best performance in cabaret/revue). and was nominated for a Fleur du Cap for best supporting actress in West.


Pack of Lies programme notes in 19**, performed at the Market Theatre.

Tucker, 1997

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