John Maolusi Ledwaba (19**-2017). Actor, director, playwright.
He acted in his first play at 15. As Soweto schoolboy in 1976 he tried unsuccessfully to escape into exile. He died in December 2017.
Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance
He worked for Soyikwa Theatre and helped to workshop and performed in Matsemela Manaka’s Egoli: City of Gold (1979), for which he developed the famous vomiting scene. Also developed and played the political leader in Simon & Co’s Black Dog-Inj'emnyama! (1984) .
Wrote the play Lona Basadi (1983), Black Dog-Inj'emnyama! (1983) with Barney Simon, in association with the Market Theatre, Township Boy (1987) - with Christo van Rensburg and Mamu Players, in association with the Market Theatre.
He was at the helm of the 21st edition of the Windybrow Arts Festival which also celebrated SA's 10 years of democracy, 2004.
He was appointed artistic director of the Windybrow Theatre in 2004.
1995 Standard Bank Young Artist Award Winner for Drama.
Tucker, 1997. 442, 525.
Sunday Times, 25 June 1995.
Various entries in the NELM catalogue.
The Citizen, 23 January 2002.
The Star, 27 January 2004.
The Star, 10 March 2004.
Death of John Ledwaba a great loss to SA theatre industry – Zuma The Citizen, 29 December 2017.
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