Philip Godawa

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Philip Godawa (19**-) Actor (Theatre, Film & TV), Director (Theatre & Corporate Events), Writer (TV & Corporate).



Trained at UCT Drama School. Spent 5 years in England appearing in various theatres and plays.

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

As stage actor

Joined CAPAB to play in productions such as Shrivings, Much Ado about Nothing, Boeing Boeing, Hamlet and Hay Fever. Last production as permanent member of CAPAB was You're a Good Man Charlie Brown in which he played Snoopy.

Musicals: Fiddler on the Roof; Kiss Me, Kate; Show Boat; Hello Dolly!; The Sound of Music.

Performed in Die Paddas, Roulette, Much Ado about Nothing, Boeing Boeing, Oh What a Lovely War, Hay Fever (as “Simon”), You're a Good Man Charlie Brown (as “Snoopy” with CAPAB), Ross (with PACT), Fiddler on the Roof (as “Motel”), Show Boat (as “Frank” with CAPAB) and in Relatively Speaking (as “Greg” with CAPAB).

Roles in The Playboy of the Western World (CAPAB April 1976), Candide (Baxter Nov 1977), La Cage aux Folles, Show Boat (October 1979), Don't Drink the Water by Woody Allen (NAPAC, 1980). He starred in NAPAC’s production of Noël and Gertie together with Andre Hattingh at the Leonard Rayne Theatre in 1986. He starred in Lerner and Lowe’s Gigi as Gaston at the Pretoria State Theatre in 1992. Starred in What About Luv?, Robin's A Cruise-Ou (1997), Snow White and the Seven Dofs, Civic Theatre, December 1998.

Private Lives. Prof Higgins in My Fair Lady; Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar (both for NAPAC).

As director

He directed a Rogers and Hammerstein tribute show for NAPAC and The Sound of Music for PACOFS. Directed Oklahoma! presented by NAPAC, CAPAB and PACOFS 1993.

Other productions directed by Philip include The Best of the Best, Civic Theatre, Johannesburg from 1 August 1994. He directed The Fantasticks in 1997, Summer Holiday 1998, Saturday Night Fever 2008, The Lion King 2008, Mamma Mia! 2010. He co-dicrected Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2007.

Resident Director The Phantom of the Opera at Really Useful Group Ltd.

The Wizard of Oz, State Theatre, Pretoria (2000).

TV work

Presented the weekly arts programmes When Movies Were Movies; Arts on One; wrote and presented the Artes nominated documentary Applause.

Roles in Zarbor II;Barneby's Comet; Reap the Whirlwind

Film work

Played "Farouk Bin Abdullah" in The All New Adventures of Laurel & Hardy in 'For Love or Mummy' (1999), as "Dr. Bailey" in The House of Usher (credited as Philip Godewa, 1989) and "George Bizos" in Mrs Mandela (2010).

Awards, etc


SACD 1978/79, 1979/80

Tucker, 1997.

What About Luv? programme notes, 19**.

Various entries in the NELM catalogue.

Go to ESAT Bibliography

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