Angelique Rockas

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Angelique Rockas
Angelique Rockas as Medea
Angelique Rockas in the role of Medea
EducationUniversity of the Witwatersrand, University of Cape Town
OccupationActress: stage and film, theatre practitioner and founder of Internationalist Theatre
Years active1978–present
Angelique Rockas as Miss Julie, and Garry Cooper as Jean in Strindberg's Miss Julie, Internationalist Theatre

Angelique Rockas (born in Boksburg, South Africa)[1] is an actress, producer and activist. Rockas founded Internationalist Theatre in the UK with patron Athol Fugard.[2]The company featured multi-racial and multi-national productions of great European classics as early as 1981.[3][4][5][6]

Overview[change | change source]

Stage[change | change source]

Key performances on stage : Medea [7][8][9] Miss Julie [10][11] Emma in The Camp by Griselda Gambaro [12][13]and Annabella in 'Tis Pity She`s a Whore'[14] 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 [15]

Further stage roles include Carmen in 'The Balcony' ,[16] Yvette in 'Mother Courage ' ,[17]Miriam in 'In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel' ,[18][19] Lady Macbeth , Tatiana in Gorky`s 'Enemies'. [20][21]

Work at London`s Theatro Technis under the name of Angeliki : Io in 'Prometheus Bound'[22] , Myrrhine in 'Lysistrata', Paphlagoonia in the adaptation of Aristophanes 'The Knights' 'Oh Democracy', and Kyproula in 'The National Enganement',[23] all directed by George Eugeniou.[24]

At the British Library[change | change source]

The National Archives (United Kingdom)[change | change source]

  • [5] Angelique Rockas

Film and Television[change | change source]

She played Ms Ortiki in Thorodos Maragos TV Film 'Emmones Idees' on Greek television ERT [25] Films: 1989 OH BABYLON Nereida, 1989 The Witches Henrietta, 1981 Outland maintenance woman.

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 [26]of `Mother Courage

", , whose attack on the practice of war could not— with South Atlantic news filling the front pages— have been more topical.." [27]"The cast made of experienced actors from all over the world and perhaps their very cosmopolitanism helps to bring new textures to a familiar dish ." [28] 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 [29]

  • In October 1981 Internationalist Theatre mounted a multi-racial staging of the 'The Camp' by Griselda Gambaro [30]
  • In July 1982 in London`s Bloomsbury Theatre Fabio Perselli directed the first English language performance of Liola [31]

with Internationalist Theatre`s multi-racial cast [32] "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."[33]

  • In June 1981 Internationalist Theatre revived The Balcony in London`s Theatre Space with a multi-racial cast .[34] Ellen Thomas played Irma and Angelique Rockas Carmen [35]

Subject of study and research[change | change source]

Angelique Rockas theatre practioner Internationalist Theatre [6]

References[change | change source]

  3. Stage Editorial (1981-04-09). "Multi-racial Genet". The Stage – via Internet Archive.
  5. Profile
  15. John Ford by Martin Wiggins
  26. Perfomers list at Bertolt-Brecht-Archiv ,Akademie der Künste, Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder , Internationalist Theatre [1]
  27. Drama:The Quarterly Theatre Review, Issues 139-154, pg 32 , 1982
  28. Richard Ingham, Where to go, May 13 , 1982
  29. Time Out, May 1982, Review of Mother Courage by Malcolm Hay
  30. [2]Review by Spare Rib
  32. < Press release by the director Fabio Perselli
  33. {{cite news |title=Deceit in an Italian Village |author=Harold Atkins |date= 28 July 1982 |work=The Daily Telegraph|publisher=Gale Group }]
  34. The Stage Editorial [3]
  35. The Stage, Taylormade Theatre , Ann Morley-Priestman , pg 12 , 23 JUly 1981 [4]

Other websites[change | change source]