Theodoros Patrikareas was born in 1930 in Skala, Laconia, where he worked as a writer, journalist, and radio and television producer. For a period of fifteen years, from 1958 to 1973, he lived in Australia, where he first worked as a clerk and part-time radio announcer and writer. Later on, he worked in the same fields, editing several Greek language newspapers, producing Greek radio programs, and writing poetry and for the stage and screen. His work has been published and performed in both Greek and English.
In 1959 he took over the managing and editing of the newspaper Estia. When the newspaper ceased publication, he first worked in the advertising department of the New South Wales railways, then returned to journalism, taking up the study of Law again at The University of Sydney.
In 1973 he returned to Greece, where he worked for the newspaper Eleftherotypia, on his own bilingual newspaper Elleno-Afstralos and as a radio and television producer.
In his long career, Patrikareas was the editor of Ilektreboriki, Ethnikos Kyrix, Nea Imera, Spartatika Nea; editor-director of the newspapers Estia, Nea Patris, Koinotika Nea in Sydney (1959 – 1973); editor of Elefthrotypia (1975-1987).
His plays portraying the life of Greek migrants in Sydney have been acted in and produced by the author in Australia and in Greece, as radio plays and telemovies.
His plays include Mnistires (The Pretenders); O Theeos apo tin Afstralia (The Uncle from Australia); O Zorbas (Zorba); and Dihasmeni (The Divided Heart).
Theodoros Patrikareas has been a member of International PEN. He was a Greek State Theatre Award winner.
Theodore Patrikareas’s first success in theatre came in 1963 with ‘Throw away your harmonica Pepino’, a play directed by Chris Mantourides, at Anzac Theatre in Sydney. This play also won acclaim as an Australian movie, scripted by the author and director Tom Cowan, with world wide distribution, under the title ‘The Promised Woman’ in 1975, when it represented Australia at the Cannes Film Festival. Later, in the year 2000, was put on stage again by Sidetrack Theatre, Don Mamouney director, with a great number of successful performances at Sydney Opera House and three other theatres in Sydney and Canberra, in the same year and in 2001. It has been earmarked as a classic of the Australian Theatre and it was considered as the first attempt ever to portray the immigrants in Australia. It has been included in the first volume of the Anthology, ‘Plays of the 60s’, published by Currency Press, along with other plays of three distinguished Australian playwrights, one of which is Nobel winner Patrick White. ‘The Promised Woman’ was also published by RMIT University of Melbourne in the volume ‘Antipodean Trilogy’ containing two other, also successful, plays of Theodore Patrikareas dealing with the migrant situation, namely ‘My Uncle from Australia’ and ‘The Divided Heart’. Uncle from Australia’ was produced for the Greek State Television and also shown on several occasions by other TV stations. ‘The Divided Heart’ won 2nd Prize in the State Theatre Award of the Greek Ministry for Culture in 1989 and 1st Prize of the University of Crete in a performance given by the Australian St. John College Theatre Group, in the Intercultural and Immigration Studies Workshop Festival of the University, in 2001. Dozens of reviews, all favorable, have been written on his trilogy of plays which were characterized by the Press as ‘unique in scope and study of ‘displacement’, both in English and Greek language media during the numerous performances given in commercial theatres and in Theatre Festivals, in Australia, Greece, Canada, South Africa and elsewhere for the last 45 years. [Source: http://www.theopatrikareas.com/]
Theodoros Patrikareas passed away in an Athens hospital on Thursday 29 August. He was 83 years old.
source: Neos Kosmos