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Full Circle

I have just read with sadness that Patrick Mynhardt died in London. He was a formidable performer, an excellent clown and a wonderful teacher. I had the amazing privilege of playing Jessica to his Shylock in a fantastic Afrikaans production of The Merchant of Venice in the early 90’s, directed by Ilse van Hemert.

Isn’t the world an amazing place? I am currently doing research for next year’s Maynardville production of The Merchant. I cheekily put myself forward as assistant director; Roy Sargent is directing. So, the play has been much on my mind. And on Big Friendly’s. ‘The Complete Works of Shakespeare’ has been living in the bathroom for the last couple of months.

Back to Patrick Mynardt. He died doing what he loved best. he was performing is one man show in London. Amazing.

How cool is this quote? During an interview to mark his 70th birthday, Mynhardt told Beeld newspaper: “Look, I wanted to be the world’s best and biggest acting star. And look where I am: a has-been in Henrietta Road, Norwood. But people tell me ‘But Mr Mynhardt, you’re a household name. And then I say ‘Thank you, madam, I am so honoured, but so is Vicks Vaporub.'”

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3 Comments

  1. The Saint

    Mynhardt and Bosman – years ago my law firm had a weekend away at Matjiesfontein and one of the guys had this bright ides. You see Mynhardt had been doing Bosman in CT and his run ended on the Friday we went away. So we asked him to stop over at Matjiesfontein for Saturday night which he did and he did a private Bosman performance for us under the afdak behind the dining room in the open air with mampoer flowing. That’s how I will remember him.

  2. The Saint

    Mynhardt and Bosman – years ago my law firm had a weekend away at Matjiesfontein and one of the guys had this bright idea. You see Mynhardt had been doing Bosman in CT and his run ended on the Friday we went away. So we asked him to stop over at Matjiesfontein for Saturday night which he did and he did a private Bosman performance for us under the afdak behind the dining room in the open air with mampoer flowing. That’s how I will remember him.

  3. Patrick Mynhardt was a world-class storyteller (someone called him a ‘raconteur’ and he cackled at the title.) Sometimes in the 1980’s I spent a magical weekend attending a story-telling workshop at The Little Theatre, the idea was that our young thespians should be trained in story telling techniques.

    Mynhardt attended the workshop as a guest speaker, and was supposed to present a 30 minute “introduction,” two hours later we were still riveted and begged him not to stop. Mercifully, He didn’t stop, and we loved every minute of it. Later, we moved to continue the proceedings at the Stag’s Head, where the stories flowed on.

    Here’s a standing ovation to Patrick Mynhardt — may he rest in peace.

    Afternote: according to my notes (please correct me, anyone, if I got the actual day wrong) Sunday October 28th marks 10 years since Mavis Taylor died. Let’s all stay standing, guys, and give Mavis a long, loving standing ovation, as well.

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