Mary Howe

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Mary Howe (?-1983). British-born amateur producer, director.


Born in Chiswick, England.

Died 18 April 1983.


She completed a Fellowship at Trinity College in the early 1950s.


Mary Howe established the Speech and Drama Department at the East London Technical College. She also taught speech and drama at schools in Mdantsane and Duncan Village.

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and performance

Mary Howe established the East London Technical College Drama Club, the East London Drama Club, and was part of David Burnaby’s Co-optimists in Queenstown.

Mary Howe directed a number of productions for the East London theatre community, including the opening production for the Guild Theatre in 1962 (The School for Scandal).

Other productions include: Good Friday, Samson Agonistes, Mirror to Elizabeth, Miss Mabel, Your Obedient Servant, The Lady from the Sea, Romeo and Juliet, The Man Most Likely To, Don't Tell Father, Lady Windermere's Fan, Pride and Prejudice, The Owl and the Pussycat, Lady Frederick, Lilac Time, Richard II, Arsenic and Old Lace, Let's Get a Divorce, The Unexpected Guest, Hayfever, Murder in the Cathedral, The Winter's Tale, Blithe Spirit, Gigi, Julius Caesar, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, Twelfth Night.


Arts Theatre Club archive held by George Mountjoy.

Guild Theatre commemorative brochure, 29 February 1988.

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