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Brett Bailey

Brett Bailey is founder and Artistic Director of South Africa based Third World Bunfight. His work fuses ritual, political satire, cabaret and performance art, and deals with the complexities and wonders of the post-colonial landscape of Africa.


He studied Drama and English at the University of Cape Town and in 2004 received a Masters Degree in Performance Studies from Das Arts in Amsterdam.

In 1997, he received the Vita Award for iMumbo Jumbo (best director, script and design) and in 2001, the Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year Award for Drama. In 2002 he received the Rosalie van der Gucht Award for best director for Big Dada, and also Fleur du Cap Awards for best new play and costume design - also for Big Dada. In 2007, medEia won a gold medal for design at the Prague Quadrennial for Design.

Brett Bailey's work has toured throughout Southern Africa, Europe and Australia, receiving accolades wherever it has been presented.

In 2014, he will premier his new production of Verdi's macbEth at a number of European festivals and make Exhibit C for the UK.

"We are a South African theatre company strongly committed to the stories, performance forms and spirit of Africa. Our works dig deep beneath the surface of post-colonial Africa: we explore sensitive and contentious issues, and dramatise them in ways that validate and celebrate the extraordinary wealth of cultural modes that exist." - Brett Bailey

Brett Bailey's current productions are Big Dada, The Exhibit Series, House of the Holy Afro, Orfeus, macbEthand medEia

To find out more about Brett Bailey and Third World Bun Fight please click here 

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Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom

Dubbed 'the Township Tarantino', Grootboom's work continues to amaze audiences the world over as he proves himself to be one of the most exciting writers and directors to be working in post-apartheid South Africa.


In 2005 Paul's work was recognised with him receiving the National Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Theatre and, in the same year, he also received the Naledi Theatre Award as director of Township Stories.

His work has toured throughout Europe and Australia, with Township Stories touring extensively in the UK, after having received a Herald Angel at the Edinburgh Festival.

Paul Grootboom is currently based at the South African State Theatre in Pretoria and also works in South African film and television.

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Paul has been described as the "fast-rising saviour of South African theatre"  - The Guardian

"A South African director who is forever trying to push boundaries." - The Guide, S.A.


Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom's current productions are Rhetorical , Foreplay, Township Stories and Welcome to Rocksburg

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