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Company And Artist Biogs

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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

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Steven Berkoff


"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.

Steven Berkoff's current productions are One Man, Oedipus, Requiem for Ground Zero and Shakespeare's Villains

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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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Theatre Royal Stratford East

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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