|Education||University of the Witwatersrand, University of Cape Town|
|Occupation||Actress: stage and film, theatre practitioner and founder of Internationalist Theatre|
Angelique Rockas (born in Boksburg, South Africa) is an actress, producer and activist. Rockas founded Internationalist Theatre in the UK with patron Athol Fugard. The company featured multi-racial and multi-national productions of great European classics starting in 1981. As an actress Rockas played roles that challenged casting cliches.
Career[change | change source]
Stage[change | change source]
"Rockas attracted admiration as an actress for her strong interpretation of roles".,'Medea' with Theatro Technis 'Miss Julie' with her own company Internationalist Theatre. Other key performances are: Emma in The Camp by Griselda Gambaro and Annabella in 'Tis Pity She`s a Whore' which was also Rockas`s first theatre production under the banner of 'New Theatre' directed by Declan Donnellan ,and now listed as one of the major productions of Tis Pity for the decade of the 1980`s in the 20th century 
Work at London`s Theatro Technis under the name of Angeliki : Io in 'Prometheus Bound', Myrrhine in 'Lysistrata', Paphlagoonia in the adaptation of Aristophanes 'The Knights' 'Oh Democracy', 'Dowry with 2 White Doves', and Kyproula in 'The National Engagement', all directed by George Eugeniou.
At the British Library[change | change source]
The National Archives (United Kingdom)[change | change source]
-  Angelique Rockas
Film and Television[change | change source]
She played Ms Ortiki in Thorodos Maragos TV Film 'Emmones Idees' on Greek television ERT.
- 'OH BABYLON' directed by Costas Ferris role of Nereida,
- 'The Witches' directed by Nic Roeg , role of Henrietta,
- 'Outland' directed by Peter Hyams, role of maintenance woman.
Prelude[change | change source]
As stated in the British Library archives Rockas first production was Ford`s `Tis Pity She`s a Whore ` under the name of New Theatre in 1980 and was a prelude to her creating Internationalist Theatre. Declan Donnellan was commissioned to direct the play. "it is something of a triumph. Naked passion is as raw under a three piece suit as draped in Renaissance brocades". She herself portrayed Annabella as a sinister teenager and not the compliant passive beauty. Various accents from a Scottish, American and South African cast mixed seamlessly in this production as a start to the challenge of contemporary theatre mores 
Productions of Internationalist Theatre[change | change source]
The company was first named New Internationalist Theatre then changed to Internationalist Theatre
- In May 1982 at London`s Theatre Space Internationalist Theatre staged a multi-racial production of `Mother Courage and Her Children` by Bertolt Brecht
", , whose attack on the practice of war could not— with South Atlantic news filling the front pages— have been more topical.." "The cast ..is made of experienced actors from all over the world and perhaps their very cosmopolitanism helps to bring new textures to a familiar dish ."  Breaking racial casting barriers: Why is a Pakistani actor playing the role of the Pastor ? was the question posed by Time Out Magazine critic Malcolm Hay 
- In October 1981 Internationalist Theatre mounted a multi-racial staging of the 'The Camp' by Griselda Gambaro 
- In July 1982 in London`s Bloomsbury Theatre Fabio Perselli directed the first English language performance of 'Liola' by Luigi Pirandello. with Internationalist Theatre`s multi-racial cast  "It opened with a satiety of womens` gossip. some of it not very easy to follow with the various accents of the New Internationalist Theatre. But it picked up wonderfully. The pleasures of the performance with its occasional songs based on ballads and tarantellas , lay in the village vitality, the lusty folk element. .and the children romped about deliciously. A very good evening of an unusual kind."
- In June 1981 Internationalist Theatre revived 'The Balcony' by Jean Genet in London`s Theatre Space with a multi-racial cast . Ellen Thomas played Irma and Angelique Rockas Carmen 
- In January 1984 the Internationalist Theatre`s production of August Strindberg`s 'Miss Julie' was characterized by the disruption of ethnic preconceptions with a "small,dark" Angelique Rockas depicting the title part in a performance of great depth
- In March 1983 Internationalist Theatre presented a multi-ethnic UK premiere of Tennessee Williams` 'In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel' at London`s New End Theatre .
- In March 1985 Ann Pennington directed a multi-national production of Maxim Gorky`s 'Enemies' in association with Internationalist Theatre , in London. One critic saw a parallel between the workers uprising in Enemies and the Miners Strike that had been running in the UK since 1984 " it is about the miners strike " UK miners' strike (1984–85). Gorky`s "pseudo-populism" is done away with in this production by the actors speaking "without distinctive accents and consequently without populist sentiment" .Designed by Paul Brown , the cast included Madlena Nedeva, Nick Ellsworth, Angelique Rockas and Marilyn Flynn 
Personal life[change | change source]
Rockas is a Greek Orthodox Christian. She continues her activism on several internet websites where she counteracts attacks on Christianity, offers free online education material , defends womens`, Palestinian and Greek rights 
References[change | change source]
- The Stage Editorial April 1981Stage Editorial (1981-04-09). "Multi-racial Genet". The Stage – via Internet Archive.
- Profile http://collections-search.bfi.org.uk/web/Details/ChoiceArchive/110078562
- BFI archive profile http://collections-search.bfi.org.uk/web/Details/ChoiceArchive/110078562
- https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=vECJAwAAQBAJ&pg=PT43&lpg=PT43&dq=tis+pity+she%60s+a+whore+1980+declan+donnellan&source=bl&ots=5hDOW0heTq&sig=ACfU3U3ONq7PqTw8UQYggGEc0uqljb4IMA&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjNk8Ch3rDnAhXUnVwKHStlAbc4FBDoATAAegQIChAB#v=onepage&q=tis%20pity%20she%60s%20a%20whore%201980%20declan%20donnellan&f=false John Ford by Martin Wiggins
- The Stage, Ann Morley Priestman
- Cast List
- Practitioner focus: Angelique Rockas | Drama And Theatre https://www.dramaandtheatre.co.uk/practical/article/practitioner-focus-angelique-rockas
- Perfomers list at Bertolt-Brecht-Archiv ,Akademie der Künste, Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder , Internationalist Theatre 
- Drama:The Quarterly Theatre Review, Issues 139-154, pg 32 , 1982
- Richard Ingham, Where to go, May 13 , 1982
- Time Out, May 1982, Review of Mother Courage by Malcolm Hay
- Review by Spare Rib
- https://archive.org/details/daily-telegraph-deceit-in-a-sicilian-village-harold-atkins Press File Liola
- <https://theatricalia.com/play/e20/liola/production/wb5 Press release by the director Fabio Perselli
- Harold Atkins (28 July 1982). "Deceit in an Italian Village". The Daily Telegraph. Gale Group.
- The Stage Editorial 
- The Stage, Taylormade Theatre , Ann Morley-Priestman , pg 12 , 23 JUly 1981 
- Press File: Miss Julie https://archive.org/details/profoundconflictreviewbyjostanleyinmorningstarofmissjulie2feb1984_202001
- Press File: In The Bar of a Tokyo Hotel https://archive.org/details/southafricangovdigestlindsayandersononrockasperformance_202001
- BBC Russian Service, review of 'Enemies' by Zinovi Zinik, March 1985 https://archive.org/details/bbcrussianservicereviewgorkyenemiespage1a_202002
- Hellenism.net Interview https://quotepark.com/authors/angelique-rockas/quotes-about-christ/
- see Wikidata and https://esat.sun.ac.za/index.php/Angelique_Rockas
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- Angelique Rockas on the British Film Institute website
- Angelique Rockas on IMDB
-  Angelique Rockas: bold theatre pioneer | The South African
- Angelique Rockas and Internationalist Theatre London Theatre Archive
- Angelique Rockas on Pinterest
- Vogue Mexico Interview with Angelique Rockas
- The South African Interview with Angelique Rockas
-  The Complete Unpublished Extract Of Angelique Rockas` South African Journey Used As Basis For Interview With The South African"