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TRIBUTE TO KEN JACKSON (article first published : 2005-02-6)

Friends and colleagues pay their respects to Durban actor Ken Jackson who died in January.

Ken Jackson started in theatre in York, his home town, in the United Kingdom. A move to Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) n 1955 was followed by appearances in many stage and radio productions, including an award-winning performance at the national drama festival.

Thereafter, television dominated his activites and for twenty years, he presented a wide variety of programmes from the Bulawayo studio RTV, which included the particularly notable series Armchair Safari and Battles.

He moved to South Africa in 1984 and settled in Durban which facilitated a return to the stage. He appeared in many productions for the Natal Performing Arts Council (now the Playhouse Company).

During this period, John Moss was head of NAPAC Drama. Now living in the United Kingdom, he was sorry to hear of Ken’s passing: “Looking back through my programmes, I think I shall best remember Ken Jackson for his performance as 'Sergeant Major Drummitt in Breaker Morant. He was also a much-valued member of several NAPAC companies: The Sleeping Prince; Antony & Cleopatra; She Stoops to Conquer, to name but three. I had the pleasure of working on stage with him as a fellow actor in Amadeus. It's all some years back now, but I am very sad indeed to hear that he has gone.”

“Ken was a real pro, a first class character actor - and such a very nice man,” remembers John’s wife, actress Jill Fenson.” I remember with great pleasure working with him in radio, and once or twice on stage in NAPAC productions. He was always a true asset in any company.”




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