LOUW, W.E.G. (19**-19**) Poet, epicurean and renowned and influential theatre, literary and music critic. Brother of N.P. van Wyk Louw, *** He studied at the University of Stellenbosch and at ***. He was a lecturer and later professor in the Department of Afrikaans-Nederlands at the University of Cape Town from 19**-19**. In the time he was involved in theatre in a number of ways, e.g. translated Sacha Guitry's Huis te Koop and Maurice Maeterlinck's Die Indringer (with his brother), and Sudermann's Fritsie in 1935, acting as stage manager for the three productions by students of the university. In 1942 he wrote a prologue for Volksteater's Nativity play, which was used annually afterwards. He became perhaps the most prominent and influential critic of his time, reviewing plays and productions for the Burger from 19**- 19**. On occasion acted as adjudicator for the FATSSA Play Festival. He also served on the board of the NTO and CAPAB???*** [??* He wrote a play - Die Kersspel ("The Christmas Play" - 194*) - which was produced as their first production by the Bloemfonteinse Teatergroep in December 1946. [was this not NPvWL??*] Translated Monna Vanna by Maurice Maeterlinck (produced by Volksteater in 1942), * .
Return to ESAT Personalities L
Return to South African Theatre Personalities
Return to Main Page