Company And Artist Biogs
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
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The Market Theatre was founded in 1976, by Mannie Manim and the late Barney Simon.
The Market Theatre challenged the apartheid regime, armed with little more than the conviction that culture can change society. The strength and truth of that conviction was acknowledged in 1995 when the theatre received the American Jujamcyn Award. In providing a voice to the voiceless, the Market Theatre did not forego artistic excellence, but, rather, made a point of it. Its twenty-one international and over three hundred South African theatre awards bears eloquent testimony to the courage and artistic quality of its work.
The Market Theatre are co-producers of And The Girls In Their Sunday Dresses
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Greig Coetzee is a performer, director and writer for television, radio and theatre. His numerous South African accolades include National Vita Awards for Best Actor and Playwright of the Year, which he received for his first play, White Men with Weapons, which hit the stage in July 1997 at the Lincoln Center, New York.
Since then, a number of Greig's plays have run in theatres throughout South Africa, Australia, Singapore, Europe, the US and the UK. At the Edinburgh Festival 2000, Greig received The Stage Award for Best Actor on the Edinburgh Fringe and a Scotsman Fringe First Award. His West End debut was at London's Soho Theatre with Happy Natives in 2002.
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"Steven Berkoff has been an undisputed theatrical legend since the 1970s," - Australian Stage
Steven began his acting career working in repertory companies, after studying drama and mime in London and Paris, and in 1968 he founded his own company, the London Theatre Group, creating adaptations of classic plays such as Metamorphosis and The Trial as well as writing and directing original work.
Steven has, in recent years, been short listed twice for the Lawrence Olivier Award for Best Play and has received two Edinburgh Festival Fringe First Awards, two Glasgow Herald Golden Angel Awards and an Award for best comedy of the year by the Evening Standard.
Steven Berkoff has appeared in numerous films including The Krays and A Clockwork Orange. He has also published a number of fiction and non-fiction books.
His solo work has been presented throughout the world and most recently, his production of On the Waterfront had an extended West End run and played at the Hong Kong Festival, while Oedipus will be at the Spoleto Festival in June 2013.
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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.
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The South African State Theatre plays a leading role in the development of the performing arts in South Africa, and is host to the colourful variety of entertainment found in the countries’ diverse cultures.
The theatre complex which opened in May 1981 offers a variety of exciting venues for performances and festivals, where audiences can attend world-class shows ranging from Opera, Ballet, Musical, Drama, Cabaret and Children's Theatre.
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Theatre Royal Stratford East became world famous in the 50's and 60's as the home of the Theatre Workshop Company under the direction of Joan Littlewood. Her productions of new shows such as A Taste of Honey, The Hostage and Oh, What a Lovely War brought a much-needed lift to British drama, all of them transferring to the West End from Stratford East.
In the 90's Five Guys Named Moe followed this trend - the fourth Stratford East production to do so in ten years, followed by The Invisible Man and The Big Life which opened at the Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue in 2005.
This tradition of adventurous new work still informs TRSE's productions today and adds to the theatre's well-earned reputation as a crucible for the West End.
Theatre Royal Stratford East co-produced The Harder They Come with UK Arts International and opened the show at its theatre in 2006 and in 2008, the production notched up another West End transfer for the theatre.
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Two Gents Productions was established in 2007 to create their own version of Vakomana Vavirive Zimbabwe or Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare. Marrying their differing cultural backgrounds and points of view, they soon found common ground with their audience-centered, physically engaging yet technically minimalist theatrical style that came to fruition through Vakomana. The company has since performed their breakthrough show at various venues across Europe and Southern Africa including performances in Shona at the Globe to Globe Festival at Shakespeare's Globe in May 2012, as part of the Cultural Olympiad.
The company is made up of Denton Chikura, Tonderai Munyevu and Arne Pohlmeier. Between them they have consolidated years of experience in acting, devising and directing to create shows of beautiful, beguiling simplicity that effortlessly fuse the old with the new, the canonical with the contemporary.
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Yael Farber is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed director and playwright; Farber Foundry is her company.
Farber was named the Standard Bank Artist of the Year in South Africa in 2003 and has subsequently toured her three major testimonial-based works worldwide, resulting in the published collection ‘Theatre As Witness: Three Testimonial Plays From South Africa' from Oberon Books.
She has created a singular body of highly acclaimed original works that have toured extensively, earning her a reputation among the world's finest directors for challenging work of the highest artistic standard. Most recently, she adapted and directed Mies Julie for the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town.
Ilbijerri is a Woiwurrung word meaning ‘Coming Together for Ceremony'. Ilbijerri is the longest running indigenous theatre company in Australia and the only one in the State of Victoria.
In 1990 a group of Melbourne indigenous artists and community members came together to form a professional theatre company for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of Victoria. Since then the company has been initiating and developing performances in collaboration with the local, regional, national and international community and artists.
Their plays explore a range of complex and controversial issues from a uniquely Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspective. The collective work encourages self-reflection and engenders an individual's need for family, history and heritage. Since commissioning and producing Jane Harrison's renowned classic Stolen in 1992, which was subsequently presented in the UK by UK Arts International, the company has toured nationally and internationally, finding critical acclaim and resonance with both Indigenous and non-Indigenous audiences.
UK Arts International is presenting Ilbijerri's production of Jack Charles V The Crown in early 2014, in collaboration with Farrington Nelsey Productions and Geese Theatre Company.
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