Patricia Ann Terry

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Patricia Ann Terry (19**-). Theatre in education specialist and researcher, lawyer.

Best known in theatrical circles in South Africa as "Paddy Terry".


Born Patricia Ann Lambert, she trained at Rhodes University Drama Department, and having married actor Peter Terry, moved to Pretoria.

In 1989 she left the HSRC to undertake legal studies at the University of Cape Town and eventually pursue a career in politics under her maiden name (Patricia Lambert), becoming – inter alia – the advisor to and spokesperson for the Minister of Health in the ANC government.

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

After a short stint at PACT, she became a high school drama teacher and then in 198* joined the HSRC’s Centre for South African Theatre Research (CESAT) as a researcher in drama- and theatre education. She played a pivotal role in the educational field during the 1980s, promoting drama- and theatre-in-eduction, and especially working actively to expand and activate SAADYT as a socio-political force, becoming secretary and working closely with chair Esther van Ryswyk. During her time at the HSRC she spent a year working with Dorothy Heathcote at Newcastle-upon-Tyne and befriended numerous international experts, including John Norman and John O’Toole.

In 1993 she co-edited a collection of children’s plays called Playwrights and Human Rights: A collection of six one-act plays, published by Maskew Miller Longman.

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