Robin Williams

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WILLIAMS, Robin (1952- ). South African actress, theatre director and educationist.


Born Robin Emslie in East London, daughter of Neil Emslie and Pam Emslie, both of whom were active in the theatrical community in East London.



Robin trained as a teacher at the Teacher's Training College in Grahamstown.


Former Subject Head of Speech and Drama/Dramatic Arts/Arts and Culture at the Theodor Herzl High School in Port Elizabeth.

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

As actress

Productions, as actress, include: Showboat (Julie); Oklahoma! (Laurey); My Fair Lady (Eliza); My Fair Lady (Mrs Higgins); Oliver! (Nancy); Camelot (Guinevere); The Sound of Music (Elsa); The Pajama Game Babe); Separate Tables; The Happy Apple; A Midsummer Night's Dream (Titania); Twelfth Night (Viola); Witness for the Prosecution (Romaine); Shadowlands (Joy); King Lear (Cordelia); Lettice and Lovage (Lettice); Wait Until Dark (Suzy); The Lion in Winter (Alais).

AS director

Director of productions for, inter alia, the Port Elizabeth Gilbert & Sullivan Society.

Productions, as director, include: Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood (1988); Oliver; Evita (2000); Annie Get Your Gun; The Wizard of Oz; Romeo and Juliet; Electra; The King and I; Gigi; The Boyfriend; Orpheus Descending; Grease (2001); Oklahoma!; Chicago; Sweet Charity; The Sound of Music; Fiddler on the Roof; Cabaret; Footloose (2007); Guys and Dolls (2008); Oklahoma! (2011); Fiela’s Child - The Musical (2011 and 2012); The Caucasian Chalk Circle; Equus; Evita (2012).

Awards, etc


Correspondence with Robin Williams, October 2014.

My Fair Lady programme, 1976.

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