Dara Beth completed UCT’s Theatre and Performance programme in 2016 (for which she received the class medal for theatre-making, the Ruth Peffer’s Prize and distinctions in Drama). They are first and foremost an angry, Jewish feminist. Secondly, they are one half of the cabaret duo “Plumsong”, which they have been performing as since 2011 with mom and fellow performer, Sharyn Seidel.
Since graduating, Dara has written and performed in “Just a Song and a Dance” with co-performer Sharyn at the Alexander Bar and National Arts Festival in Makhanda, and was nominated by Broadway World for “Best New Production”. In 2017, Dara also wrote, directed and produced “Nasty Womxn” which played to sold-out houses at the Alexander Bar, and started 2018 by working on Tara Notcutt’s “The Taming of the Shrew” as Assistant Director. Dara was nominated for “Best New Director” at the 2018 Fleur du Cap Awards.
In 2018, Dara – as one-third of The Furies, a womxn-centric artistic co-op – staged a new work, in conjunction with Ameera Conrad, “Lolly” at the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees which was nominated for a Kanna in the category of “Best Uitkampteater”.
Dara has also worked as a stage manager on Tara Notcutt’s “Half Leeg” (2017), Wessel Pretorius’s “Klara Maas Se Hart Is Gebreek” (2017-2018) and “Die Ontelbare 48” (2017), Ameera Conrad’s “Reparation” (2017) and Jon Keevy’s “The Underground Library” for ASSITEJ’s Cradle of Creativity (2017). During their studies, Dara also directed their class’s production of “Figs” (2016) for the National Arts Festival’s Student Festival at which they was nominated for Best Student Director.
Their most recent directing credit “Medusa Incarnate”, a one-womxn show starring playwright and comedian Kate Pinchuck, received a Standard Bank Ovation Award from the 2018 National Arts Festival before playing to audiences at Cape Town’s Alexander Bar.
Since August of 2018, Dara has been working at UCT’s Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies as the senior stage manager, charged with overseeing the technical and production operations for both undergrad and post-grad performances within the department.