Annual Table Quiz - Feb 22 2024

Professor Roy Sargeant

Academic, Film Director, Producer, Theatre Director, Writer


Born 1941 and died Capetown, December 27 2021.

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Work includes: Acted in Waiting for Godot (as Pozzo, 1965), The Mind Mirror (The Space, 1975).

He wrote the play Cry, the Beloved Country, adapted from Alan Paton's novel, in 2003. He translated 'n Seder val in Waterkloof, entitled Send for Dolly.

At the age of 25 he directed his first play, Farquhar’s The Beaux Stratagem at the Hofmeyr Theatre Cape Town, starting a love affair with comedy and particularly the comedy of manners which has played an enormous role in his career.

As director did i.a. The Rivals (PACOFS, 1969), The Magistrate starring John Hayter for PACT in 1969, Say Who You Are and Twelfth NIght (1978), Death of a Salesman (CAPAB, 1979), The Relapse (CAPAB, 1979), The School for Scandal (PACT 1980). A Day in the Death of Joe Egg for the Company at the Market Theatre in May 1980, Shrivings with Joe Stewardson and John Hussey for PACT in 1982, Othello (Maynardville 1982), Arcadia (1993), a hugely successful production of Dancing at Lughnasa for the Baxter in March 1998, The Elephant ManGlass Roots (Baxter Theatre, 2000), The Return (Fatima Dike, 2008), Cry Havoc in 2015.

Since around 2000 he has been writing and directing for television.

And works the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival and Artscape, South Africa.