Reza de Wet - Friday 27 January 2012
The de Wet-Reardon family wishes to thank all those who have held Reza in their thoughts and extended their condolences on these pages.
Reza de Wet passed away peacefully in her sleep at 08:00am this morning, at her home in Grahamstown. De Wet was diagnosed with a particularly aggressive form of blood cancer or leukaemia in November last year. She received medical treatment locally and was cared for by immediate and extended family. Two days ago de Wet contracted a secondary infection of the lungs; which was the ultimate cause of her death.
With an open and philosophical approach she took leave of those close to her over the last two months. Thus a woman who was remarkable in life, drifted gently off surrounded by loved ones.
Her plays have been produced and performed around the world and prizes and awards for scripts added to her reputation as the most awarded South African playwright.
Theatre figure Professor Temple Hauptfleish wrote of Reza de Wet: “Reza de Wet is an internationally renowned playwright and a remarkable phenomenon in the South African theatrical landscape. Since her debut in 1981, de Wet has written plays of outstanding merit: compelling and imaginative works which are highly regarded by academics for their literary qualities and loved by audiences and performers for their sparkling vitality in performance”.
Reza de Wet is survived by Lindsay Reardon, her daughter Nina and two grandchildren.
Details of memorial services will be posted in due course.
A bright flame, gone too soon. Best love and wishes to Lindsay and Nina. Love Greg and Dale
Posted by Greg Waters on Wednesday, 8th February 2012 at 05:55:52 AM
Lindsay, my heart and head are full of extraordinary memories of you and Reza and those early days at the Arena and Market theatres, the intervening years when she became a celebrated writer, and our last encounter in Grahamstown last year. My thoughts are with you all.
Posted by Leonie Hofmeyr-Juritz on Saturday, 4th February 2012 at 10:08:39 PM
My thoughts are with you during this difficult time, Lyndsay and Nina.The loss of a true genius in the world of South African Theatre. An inspiration and a guardian to her students and anyone fortunate enough to come into contact with her... someone who truly changed my life.
Posted by Tracey Human on Monday, 30th January 2012 at 11:00:08 AM
Profoundly sad to hear of the passing of a true inspiration in the lives of so many. My thoughts and prays with you Lindasy and Nina.
Posted by PJ Sabbagha on Sunday, 29th January 2012 at 12:00:58 PM
Goodnight to our torchbearer-shining on through so many of your former students and extraordinary works. So, so sorry Lindsay and Nina.
Posted by cait pocock on Saturday, 28th January 2012 at 08:02:34 PM
I remember Reza so clearly when I was a first year student and she was in her final year at UCT. She was then and always remained beautiful and from another place. Thank you Reza for making our theatre history so much richer and profound.
Posted by bo petersen on Saturday, 28th January 2012 at 07:39:52 AM
I am so sorry to hear the Reza was so ill. She was an amazing, talented person and I was lucky to have had her as my acting lecturer many years ago. I will always remember her and Bosman and Lena's 'bucket'.
Posted by Amanda Bailey on Friday, 27th January 2012 at 11:30:33 PM