Margaret Heale

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Margaret Heale (19*-). Actress, writer, teacher, puppeteer.



She trained at the Bristol Old Vic. She is married to Timothy Heale.


She has been in repertory and on tour from Land's End to John o' Groats. She is an expert puppeteer and first came to South Africa with John Wright's Marionettes. In Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) she has done a good deal of acting, broadcasting and TV work.

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

In Cape Town she has been active in educational puppetry since 1964. Ran Teatro dei Piccolo with Tim Heale 1964-1967.

She made her debut at Maynardville in King Lear in 1966.

Margaret starred in The Merry Wives of Windsor (Maynardville, January 1969), Present Laughter (as “Miss Erickson” with PACT), Macbeth (as “Waiting Gentlewoman” with PACT), Richard II, Sarcophagus (1988),, acted in Towards Zero, Go Back for Murder, A Tale of Two Cities, Peril at End House, The Comedy of Errors (as Aemelia), The School for Scandal (for PACT at the National Arts Festival, 1980), The Crucible (as “Rebecca Nurse”).

She wrote radio plays Silver Threads Among the Gold, The Vigil, The Night after the Horse, My Name is Adam Kane, No. 13: Old Acquaintance, My Name is Adam Kane, No. 11: Oil's in Love and War, The Dumb Wife of Cheapside (photocopies of playscripts held by NELM).

Taught at Ishashalazi Drama College at Windybrow, Johannesburg.

Directed See How They Run

Awards, etc


SACD 1974; 1980/81; 1981/82.

King Lear theatre programme, 1966.

Tucker, 1997.

Various entries in the NELM catalogue.

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