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Golda is a 1977 play in two acts by American playwright William Gibson (1914-2008) [1]. It explores Golda Meir [2] in this multi-character work , which was produced on Broadway with Anne Bancroft in the title role. It follows the trajectory of Meir's life from Russian immigrant to American schoolteacher to a leader of international politics as the fourth Prime Minister of Israel. Much of its focus is on the period surrounding the 1973 Yom Kippur War, when Israel was attacked by Egypt and Syria.

Published by Samuel French, 1978.

The original text

Translations and adaptations

Adapted as Momma Golda in 2003 by Peter Frye, Thelma Ruby and Alex Baron.

The author revisited the subject in the one-woman play Golda's Balcony [3] (2003).

Performance history in South Africa

1978: Staged by PACT in the Breytenbach Theatre in Pretoria and the Alexander Theatre in Johannesburg, directed by Leonard Schach, with Kenneth Hendel, Don Lamprecht, Thelma Ruby, Bobby Heaney, Anthony James, Ron Smerczak, George Jackson, Paddy Canavan, Molly Seftel, Michelle Fine and others.


PACT theatre programme, 1978.

Petru & Carel Trichardt theatre programme collection.

Pretoria News 7 July 1978.

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