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PROF ELIZABETH SNEDDON (article first published : 2005-12-13)

We were extremely sad to hear the news that Professor Elizabeth Sneddon had passed away yesterday on November 24 at the age of 98. Prof Sneddon was a truly amazing lady who we all admired tremendously, and without whom we would not have the beautiful theatre in which we work.

The Speech and Drama Department of the former University of Natal, Durban, was founded in 1951, with a mere seven students, one small room, and a remarkable woman known for her persistence and energy Elizabeth Sneddon - who later became the first Professor of Speech and Drama in South Africa.

June 22nd 1981 thus remains a milestone in the distinguished academic and theatrical history of the Department of Speech and Drama, for on that gala occasion, the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre and the Jock Leyden Gallery were officially opened by the University principal, Professor N.D Clarence. The University Council unanimously decided to name the theatre after Professor Elizabeth Sneddon, as a fitting tribute to "one whose life and energies have been devoted to the cause of Drama in Education".

Professor Elizabeth Sneddon's remarks on the opening of the E.S.T. are as valid today as they were so many years ago:

"Tonight is an occasion for "rejoicing in the emanation of the human spirit which we call a Theatre. Here, I hope, in gales of laughter, the shams and hypocrisies that deface the human spirit will be swept away. Here I hope man's spirit will be refreshed and strengthened by its confrontation with reality, as great playwrights have projected its many facets, thus helping the human race to understand human character and human destiny more clearly".

Jackie Cunniffe and staff of the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre




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