Tjaart Potgieter (1949-2007). Playwright, actor, literary advisor, translator from English and German and director.
Raised in Kimberley. He died in October 2007, aged 58.
His career includes teaching school children, assistant editor of a political magazine and lecturing in drama at the University of Pretoria. He returned to the theatre under guidance of Robert Mohr and Mavis Taylor at UCT, and then joined Chris Pretorius, Laurens Cilliers and John Nankin to start The Glass Theatre. After that he worked with Dieter Reible for some years at the Wupperthal City Theatre in Germany. He joined PACT in 1984 as litarary adviser, director and actor.
Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance
Tjaart acted in Come Back, Little Sheba (University of Pretoria 1977), Die Saai Lewe (1981), Amandla Mr Fassbinder (198*), Hamlet (Glass Theatre 1982), Kyk Hoe Hol Hulle (1983), Don Dinges met die Groen Broek (1984), Don Juan onder die Boere (1986), Die Prys (1987), Vettie Vettie (1987), Die Salem-verhoor (1988), Pantagleize (1988), Run for your Wife (1990), Die Aand van die Fynproewer (1992), Die Keiser (1992), Drie Susters (1992), Romeo and Juliet (1992), Die Eend (1993), Fiela se Kind (1994).
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 Euripides’s Hippolytus) also Aletta Bezuidenhout; 1985.
Researcher and editor for the television series Isidingo.
Shakespeare's Macbeth programme notes, 1989.
Obituary by Schalk Schoombee published in Die Beeld 25 October 2007.
Various entries in the NELM catalogue.
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