Yvonne Bryceland Biography (1925-1992)

Born November 18, 1925, in Cape Town, South Africa; died of cancer, January 13, 1992, in London, England. Performer. Bryceland is best known for her workin the productions of contemporary South African playwright and actor Athol Fugard. She began her career as a stage actress in Cape Town in the late 1940swith credits in Stage Door, Ring round the Moon, and The Chalk Garden. Bryceland first worked with Fugard in 1969, when she starredin his People are Living There, and she later appeared in Boesman and Lena, Fugard's play about a black homeless couple, and in Statements after an Arrest under the Immorality Act. In 1972 Bryceland cofounded the Cape Town Space Theatre--one of the first racially integrated theatres inSouth Africa--with her husband, Brian Astbury. There Bryceland appeared in The Glass Menagerie and in the title role in Medea. Bryceland moved to London in 1978, the same year that South African theatres integrated, because she continued to feel frustrated with the country's racist policies. Bryceland's portrayal of an unconventional artist in Fugard's The Road to Mecca--which marked her New York theatre debut--earned her several best actress prizes, both in New York and in London. Bryceland reprised her roles inPeople are Living There and Hello and Goodbye for television,and in Boesman and Lena and The Road to Mecca for film.

South African
Birth Details
November 18, 1925
Cape Town, South Africa
Death Details
January 13, 1992
London, England

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