31 December 1971: The Orange Tree Theatre is founded by Sam Walters above the Orange Tree pub, now opposite the current site, with lunchtime performances of Go Tell It on Table Mountain, written by Evan Jones and directed by Sam Walters. On the opening day, the play had to be performed twice in quick sucession to accommodate the eager crowds. Until 1991, the theatre operates from above the pub, playing mostly lunchtime performances. The audience are seated on church pews and the performances are played in daylight - not theatre lighting.
Photo: Ann Curthoys and Willie Jonah in Go Tell It on Table Mountain, 1971Go back