South Africa mourns the loss of a theatre legend

Although both Des and Dawn had their solo projects, they are best remembered as a showbiz duo – and one of the most iconic the country has seen, alongside the pairing of Joan Brickhill and Louis Burke. Social awareness was always a large component of their work, and their racially integrated production of ‘Godspell’, in the thick of Apartheid (early 1970s), stood as a beacon of cultural resistance, in a time when racial mixing wasn’t allowed either on stage or in the audience.