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TRIBUTE TO FRANTZ DOBROWSKY (article first published : 2006-01-24)

Steven Stead and Greg King of KickstArt theatre company pay tribute to the late Frantz Dobrowsky who died last week after taking his own life.

Frantz Dobrowsky is well-known by Durban theatre audiences, from his many appearances with the Natal Performing Arts Council (NAPAC) and its successor, The Playhouse Company, as well as for the Actor’s Co-Operative and KickstArt.

“Ever since I was a teenager, Frantz Dobrowsky has always been an inspiration to me,” says Steven Stead: “He was an excellent actor, possibly the country’s best. His Richard the Third, Hamlet and Captain Hook thrilled and excited me, all becoming touchstones of excellence. As a colleague, he proved to be sensitive, astute, humble, supportive and utterly committed to all his projects and the people making them. In every way, he was the quintessential theatrical professional and had all of our respect because of it. Sadly, his private life was also an example to us all: a sobering one, urging us to cherish the gifts we have and to maximise our potential. I wish he had. I wish him peace and thank him for the privilege of working alongside him.”

Greg King adds: “Whilst other teenagers had their sports heroes, so I worshipped and admired Frantz as one of our country’s greatest actors. His many appearances on our Durban stages in a variety of roles made me realise that the theatre was the only place I wanted to be. Having the opportunity to eventually direct him in Run to Ground and Proof was my great privilege and a highlight of my career. I will always remember him for his talent, his passion and intuition as an actor as well as his humility and generosity of spirit. I shall always be grateful for his inspiration.

The first Musho! One Person and Two Person Theatre Festival closed in Durban on Saturday night. After the final performance, well-known director and PANSA KZN chairman Themi Venturas, got up on stage and dedicated the evening's performances at both the Kwasuka and Catalina theatres to the memory of Frantz Dobrowsky. In Durban theatre tradition - rather than having a minute's silence - the whole audience gave a standing ovation and a hearty round of applause in memory of Franz.

Editor's Note: Frantz Dobrowsky was an exceptionally skilled actor who handled his theatre craft very seriously. He gave us some very fine performances in Durban over the years – particularly lately in “Run to Ground” and “Proof”. But while his stage work was clearly analysed and honed to perfection, he always seemed to be at odds with his own personal universe. It’s always so tragic when someone loses all desire to live that they take that final desolate step to leave this world. I hope his spirit has now found peace – Caroline Smart




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