Tjaart Potgieter

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(1949-2007) Playwright, literary advisor, translator from English and German and director. ***


Raised in Kimberley


BA Dram UP, M Dram UCT


Worked with Dieter Reible for some years in Germany. Joined PACT in 1984.

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

His production of Mitzi Booysen’s The Time of the Hyena starring Elize Cawood, Pierre Knoesen and Nomhle Nkonyeni was staged at the Windybrow Theatre circa 1986 POTGIETER, Tjaart, Founder member of Glass Theatre with Chris Pretorius, 1981-1983. The Tempest, Maynardville - dir: Ken Leach; Playing with fire (Strindberg) Dieter Reible., Tjaart’s The vegetable woman or Meditations on Blake; & The Minotaur’s Sister (An adaptation of EuripidesHippolytos) also Aletta Bezuidenhout; 1985.

Researcher and editor for the television series Isidingo.

Awards, etc

Vita Award for contribution to Afrikaans theatre for translations of The Merchant of Venice, Cymbeline, The Tempest. Two DALRO Awards for the portrayal of the Minister of Culture in Die Keiser and Judge Ligt in Die Gebreekte Kruik.


Tucker, 1997

Beeld 25 October 2007.

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