About Gail Louw

Gail is an award winning playwright with plays performed both in the UK and across three continents in the USA, South Africa and Australia.

Her plays have been published in 2 collections of plays by Oberon Books – Gail Louw: Collected Plays and Gail Louw: Plays Two.

Gail’s play Blonde Poison has been described by WhatsOnStage as: ‘One of the finest pieces of solo theatre ever to have been performed’. Belinda Giblin, who stars in the Australian production of Blonde Poison, has said: ‘It is without a doubt the best and most exciting writing that I have experienced in my 45 years as an actor.’

Blonde Poison will be performed at Brotfabrik in Berlin from 21 September for 2 weeks.

Blonde Poison is due to be performed in Florida from 16 February 2019.

Blonde Poison has also recently received critical acclaim from Theatre Review, New Zeland “The playwright Gail Louw (from Johannesburg) has created a work that resolutely upholds a verbal musicality that is not insubstantial compared to the themes it portrays. ”

Blonde Poison was on in the studio in the Sydney Opera House 2016, and at the Lawler Theatre, Melbourne also in 2016. Belinda was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role in the independent sector for Sydney Theatre Awards for Blonde Poison.

Blonde Poison with Fiona Ramsay was the Flagship Production at the prestigious Hilton Arts Festival in South Africa, September 2016.

Blonde Poison won Best in Fest at San Francisco Fringe Festival, September 2016.

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To purchase a copy of the book: Blonde Poison Book


*** New Play ***

Larkin Descending

Tour Dates:

Rialto Theatre – 12 – 13 May 2018

Upstairs At The Gatehouse, Highgate – 7 – 9 September 2018


Gail’s latest play, Being Brahms is on a short UK tour:

Myers Studio at Epsom Playhouse – 24 March

Kino-Teatr St Leonards – 8th April

Rialto Brighton – 11-13 April

Upstairs at the Gatehouse Highgate – 27-29 April

The Mill Guildford – 4-5 May

*** ‘Being Brahms’ could not have been a more heart-wrenching, absorbing piece of theatre.’ ***

(Review from Underdog Reviews)


The Mitfords embarked on a SOLD OUT UK tour from November 2017 to February 2018.


Listen to Gail being interviewed on Radio Sussex & Surrey, about The Mitfords by following the link (skip to 2:20): www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05rsy8z

Two Sisters went on tour to five UK venues in February/March 2017 – many performances sold out and wonderful responses received.

The Half Life Of Love was performed in Salem, Oregon in May 2017.

Her play Duwayne won Best New Play at Brighton Fringe Festival, 2014.

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Miss Dietrich Regrets was given 5 stars at its performance at the St James Theatre in London and it was described as ‘wonderfully written’. Its production in South Africa was hailed by the critics. Miss Dietrich Regrets was nominated for 4 Naledi Awards in South Africa. It won the award for Best Actress in 2015.

Her play Shackleton’s Carpenter received plaudits; ‘Louw’s writing is outstanding.’

It starts a 23 venue tour on 5 September 2018

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