Richard Daneel (1922-) was a stage and film actor and director, and a well known mime-artist.
Born Richard van Heerden Daneel,
He was a contemporary of, and studied mime under Decroux with the internationally well known Marcel Marceau (1923-2007).
He was married to Tjoekie Laubscher, who had been a dancer in the Teda de Moor contemporary dance company in the early 1950s.
Died tragically on the set of a film he was directing, when a light aircraft hit him while setting up the shot.
Contribution to South African Theatre, film, media and performance
Productions include The Chairs (Ionesco) which he translated and directed for National Theatre Organisation in the NTO Kamertoneel (1959), Comoedia (a mime programme for NTO, 1960), Jean Anouilh’s Romeo and Jeanette for PACT (1963), Kiss Me, Kate (1967), Ring Round the Moon (1967) and Picnic in Town (1968).
Adapted and wrote the script for Vrolike Vrydag 13de (1969)
Rinie Stead, 1985b
Howard Charles Thomas "Personal Memories of Fiddler on the Roof", 1 March 2010
Press clipping from an unidentified source entitled Daneel - a man of great talent, being an obituary for Richard Daneel written by Percy Baneshik, held by NELM: [Collection: ASCH, Valda]: 2005. 65. 4. 32.
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