Centaur Theatre founder now devoted to working with South African youth – Montreal


Maurice Podbrey migrated from South Africa when he was 27 and founded Montreal’s Centaur Theatre in 1967.

After 30 years at the helm of the theatre, Podbrey returned to South Africa. He says he had some unfinished business in his homeland.

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The 83-year-old Podbrey joined Global’s Laura Casella to talk about the work he’s been doing in South Africa for the past 20 years.

“With Mandela arriving and new dispensation, it was time to see if I can go back and contribute,” Podbrey explained.

After initially working as an English and Afrikaans theatre reviewer, Podbrey set up the Mopo Cultural Trust, a foundation responsible for 35-plus theatrical projects around Cape Town.

“It was…

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