John Trengove

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John Trengove (1978-). Writer and director.


Born in Johannesburg. He is the son of the well-known South African advocate Wim Trengove.


A graduate of UCT Drama School (1999). He also has an MFA in film from New York University.

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

John has performed in a variety of student productions, the most recent being Chris Weare’s enormously successful East and in Cum, Guns & Instant Coffee at the Little Theatre, 1999. Appeared in Othello, 2001.

He devised and directed Flat Panic for the KKNK, 2000, So... You Think You Can Love, written and performed by Sonia Esgueira and The Epicene Butcher (KKNK 2014).

Writer and director of the television series Hopeville and of the award-winning film Inxeba (The Wound), a drama which explores tradition and sexuality and is set amid the Xhosa rites of passage into manhood [1].


John was nominated for the Fleur du Cap Most Promising Student Award and was awarded by Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns for his direction of episode 1 of the SABC 2 drama series Swartwater, award year 2016.


Wikipedia [2].

Die Burger, 9 June 1999.

Othello 2001 programme notes.

Cape Times, 25 March 2013.

Beeld, 28 January 2014.

Amazwi Literary Awards database.

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