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Michael Picardie

MICHAEL PICARDIE

  (1936 - )

Nationality:    British
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Michael Picardie was born in 1936 and brought up in JohAnnesburg . He now lives in Wales and works as an actor and Theatre writer. He worked as an academic and social worker in London , Oxford , Cardiff , JohAnnesburg and Botswana . His solo-performances of his play Shaloma (2003/4) were presented in Cardiff , Leeds, Nottingham and London . His psycho-Drama Shades of Brown  Jannie Veldsman and His Struggle with the Boer was done in Cardiff (1978), JohAnnesburg (1978) London (1979), New York (1980), Cincinnati (1981), Scandinavia (1982), Cambridge (1982) and Exeter (1987), and elsewhere in Europe and Africa . the Cape Orchard (Foco Novo Theatre Co.) toured England and Wales and opened in London at the Young Vic in 1988 and was seen as Theatre writing anticipating the new South Africa, as was Jo'burg Messiah (Cardiff Sherman Theatre Company 1980.) these texts including a new play the Zulu and the Zeide (2003/4) - are available by post (see contact page). You may be able to see the opening page of some of his plays after contact by e-mail if you can receive Microsoft Word.

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below is a list of Michael Picardie's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        Ancestors And Diamonds         Cape Orchard, The         Jo'burg Messiah         Return Of Ezekiel Zulu, The and Her Mandels         Shades of Brown  Jannie Veldsman and His Struggle with the Boer         Shaloma And Ismail         Shaloma: My Palestine Your Israel         Springbok         Whitemen         Zulu And the Zeide, The


Ancestors And Diamonds

Synopsis:
Cecil Rhodes and Olive Schreiner meet in Rhodesia on the eve of the hanging of a spirit medium Ambuya Nehanda. Schreiner tries to stop the execution. Rhodes confesses to his servant John Grootboom that morally he is a disgrace to manking. the play looks forward to the transformation of Rhodesia into a new African state, Zimbabwe, which comes about with terrible consequences

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1st Produced:
Exeter     1987

Organisations:
Northcott Theatre

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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Cape Orchard, The

Synopsis:
A KhoiSan person, a bushman, defends a white liberal from black nationalists and fascists who want to destroy her. they are in love and live for the future of a new Africa which does in fact come about.

Notes:
UK Tour And Young Vic

1st Produced:
Plymouth     1987

Organisations:
Foco Novo Theatre Company

1st Published:
Pant-Teg Press, St. Mellon's Road, Llaneyrn, Cardiff Cf39Yg, 1987   

Music:
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Jo'burg Messiah

Synopsis:
A play with folk and liberation songs recounting the history of a man hanged for a political murder in Pretoria Central Prison

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Return Of Ezekiel Zulu, The and Her Mandels

Synopsis:
Two interior dialogues about police repression and revolution in South Africa

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1st Produced:
-     1982

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Double Bill Play/Drama

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Shades of Brown  Jannie Veldsman and His Struggle with the Boer

Synopsis:
A black psychotherapist cures a white policeman of racism during the role-play of which the history of the Black and white groups in Africa are enacted. the one dies and the other lives forever as a transcendental hero.

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1st Produced:
Cardiff     1978

Organisations:
Kings Head Theatre, Islington, London N.1.

1st Published:
Ad. Donker, Market Plays, Johannesburg, 1987   

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Genre:
Psycho Drama Play/Drama

Parts:
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Shaloma And Ismail

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Shaloma: My Palestine Your Israel

Synopsis:
A German officer has saved a Jewish woman from the massacre in Belarus of which he is actually in charge. He kills the Nazi militia which have conducted the murder of 1000 Jews, Tatars, homosexuals and the handicapped. He deserts with her to the Novabocki forest and they live there from 1941-1944. He refuses to go to Palestine with her where he and his parents have seen the alienation of Arab land by Zionist colonists in the 1930's. they remain in love.

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1st Produced:
Leeds     2003

Organisations:
Red Star Of David/Protean Theatre

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Springbok

Synopsis:
A South African rugby international, now a prison warder tells his story on the fields of his old school to his favourite prisoner, who weeds the grass, and to a crazy Jewish grandmother who takes sides between them.

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Whitemen

Synopsis:
About the conflict between a white farmer, his illegitimate coloured son, the daughter and a black servant

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1st Produced:
Oxford Playhouse     1961

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Zulu And the Zeide, The

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Notes:
inspired by the short story of Dan Jacobson

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