Amstel Playwright of the Year Award

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The Amstel Playwright of the Year Award, an independent non-governmental prize, was launched in South Africa in 1978. It recognised South African playwrights. The prize was awarded to many of South Africa's anti-apartheid playwrights.

The award was discontinued in 1994.[1]

Award Winners[edit]

Year Winner Special Merit Award
1978
  • John Pank for Windmills of the Mind
  • James Ambrose Brown for Time and the Wood
  • Zakes Mda for We Shall Sing for the Fatherland
  • Michael Drin for Inquest on Gordon
1979
  • Paul Slabolepsky for Renovations
  • Esther Flowers for The Libber-Rats
  • Henry Rootenberg for Letters from Uncle Barny
  • Pieter Scholtz for The Amazing Adventures of Tambootie
1980
  • Henry Rootenberg for I Spy
  • Pieter Scholtz for Mr Big Strikes Again
  • Jill Fletcher for Paddy (Musical work, music by John Aronowitz)
  • Leon Hamman for Matter of Policy
1981
1982
  • Victor Gordon for The Brothers
  • Roy Nieman for Na Verlange a die Woude van Veleer
  • James Whyle for National Madness
1983
  • Geraldine Aron for Brenda
  • Sheugnet Buys for Gutter Flowers Need Love
  • Brendan Butler for Rehearsal in Progress
  • Corlia Fourie for Moeders en Dogters
1984
  • Michelle Du Toit for Ladies/Dames
1985
  • Nicholas Hayson, Vanessa Cook and Danny Keogh
    for The Native Who Caused All the Trouble
1986
  • Clive Howard Morris for Maid in South Africa
1987
  • Norman Coombes for A Snake in the Garden
1988
  • Charles J Fourie for Big Boys
1989
  • Allan Jermieson for Disputed Barricades
1990
  • Basil Lawrence for Modern Eating Habits
1991
1992
  • Charles J Fourie for Vrygrond
1993
  • Norman Coombes for Episodes in Light and Dark
1994
  • John Tucker for Waiting for the Rain

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ National English Literary Museum, Grahamstown, South Africa

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