ANDREW FREDERICK BUCKLAND
Surname : BUCKLAND
First Names : ANDREW FREDERICK
Birth date : 04/02/1954
Sex: : Male
Marital Status: Married
Spouse : Janet May Buckland (nee Connor)
Children : Matthew James Buckland
: Luke Andrew Buckland
: Daniel Peter Buckland
Language : English
Health : Excellent
Telephone Number : south africa;(046) 6223420
Since 1981 Andrew Buckland has been producing original theatre work of a consistently very high standard and which is clearly seen to be at the forefront of theatre developments in South Africa. Employing a dynamic and exciting combination of visual comedy, sophisticated political satire, clowning, physical theatre, mime and an explosive performance style, the works of Andrew Buckland have become synonymous with provocative, entertaining and stimulating theatre both in South Africa and internationally. His work in the field of mime has reached a wide audience since 1980 and the presentation of his work – The Mime.
The original plays have won a total of 20 national and international theatre awards including several for best performance, best script, best production and play of the year.
A principal feature of the style of the work of Andrew Buckland besides it’s comedy, is it’s economy of production and a unique attitude to the relation between word and gesture. The ingenious and skilful use of mime techniques mean that the plays require no set and simple costumes which means that they are very easily and cheaply transportable.
Since July 1992 he has been employed as a Senior Lecturer and then Associate Professor in the Drama Department at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, and has been instrumental in the initiation of new undergraduate, honours and masters courses, particularly in the area of contemporary performance. In July 2010 he was appointed Head of the Drama Department. Since June 2013 he is no longer HoD but remains an Associate Professor in the department, while maintaining professional commitments.
Drama Critics Circle Award for the best supporting performance on the English stage (1982)
Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Drama (1986) Pas de Deux
AA Life Vita Award for Best Actor (1989) The Ugly Noo Noo
AA Life Vita Award for best production (Tvl) (1989) The Ugly Noo Noo
Stuart Leith Award for best actor (1989) The Ugly Noo Noo
Fleur du Cap Award for the best new indigenous script (1989) The Ugly Noo Noo
Scotsman Fringe First Edinburgh Festival (1989) The Ugly Noo Noo
Perrier Pick of the Fringe Edinburgh Festival (1989) The Ugly Noo Noo
AA Life Vita/Tonight! Award for comedy (1991) The Ugly Noo Noo and Between
IGI Life Vita Award (Tvl) Best Script (1992) Bloodstream
IGI Life Vita Award 1992 Play of the Year Bloodstream
Stuart Leith Award for best actor (1992) Bloodstream
Dawie Malan Award: Best New South African Script (1992) Bloodstream
Scotsman Fringe First Edinburgh Festival (1993) Bloodstream
FNB Vita Award for Playwright of the Year (1995) Feedback
Scotsman Fringe First Edinburgh Festival (1995) Feedback
F.N.B. Vita Award (Cape) ; Best Actor – (1997) Feedback
Naledi Award ;Best Performance by an Actor – (2004) Fuse
Naledi Award ; Best Cutting Edge Production – (2004) Fuse
Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award (2010) – Breed
Standard Bank Ovation Lifetime Achievement (2013)
Standard Bank Ovation Award (2013) – Crazy in Love
Best International Production, Amsterdam Fringe – (2014) Crazy in Love
1980 – 1981 Rhodes University; Junior temporary lecturer in the Department of Drama.
1982 – 1984
Theatre; Performing Arts Council of the Transvaal, for whom he worked as an actor, assistant director, choreographer and playwright for three years, performing in more than twenty productions including;
Monday After the Miracle by William Gibson
Shrivings by Peter Shaffer
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams
Savages by Christopher Hampton
The Lady’s not for Burning by Christopher Fry
The Importance of Being Earnest By Oscar Wilde
The Entertainer by John Osborne
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
Woyzek by George Buchner
Andrew wrote and directed three plays for the company titled The Mime, Stillborn, and Matches. In 1984 he devised and performed a one man mime show for the Grahamstown Festival titled Touchstones.
Television The Miser
The Merchant of Venice
Hamlet (playing Hamlet)
1984 -1992- Freelance actor, director, choreographer, mime and writer for theatre, television and industrial theatre.
1986 Awarded the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Drama.
Performed and co‑wrote a one man play titled Pas de Deux based on detailed research into the life of Vaslav Nijinsky.
Television; My Friend Angelo for which he was nominated for the Tonight best actor award,
The Fiddler , Faulkner’s Law , Sea Tiger , and Sentinel.
Feature Film; Shot Down , The Schoolmaster, Dirty Games and Jane and the Lost City, The Good Fascist and Quest for Love.
Teaching; 12 months at the Market Theatre Laboratory ,
ad hoc workshops at;
Funda Centre ( Soweto ), Community Arts Project (Cape Town ), Mmabane Cultural Centre ( Mmabato ), Federated Union of Black Artists ,
Children’s Dance Theatre of Soweto , Grahamstown Foundation School’s Festivals , The Dance Alliance (Johannesburg),The Studio Project (Grahamstown) 1992 – 2002 Senior lecturer then Associate Professor in Drama Department, Rhodes University Grahamstown.
1986; PAS DE DEUX ; Standard bank National Arts Festival. Young Artist Award winner. A new play co-written with, and directed by Soli Philander. Seasons in Johannesburg and Durban.
1986; NO EASY WALK ; a play combining mime and percussion with percussionist Maciek Schejbal. Market Theatre and national tour.
1988; THE UGLY NOO NOO ; The Market Theatre. The Traverse Theatre (Edinburgh)This play received a total of eight awards including a Scotsman Fringe First and a Perrier Pick of the Fringe from the Edinburgh Festival in 1989.
1990; THING? ; a musical play. Commissioned by the 1820 Foundation for the 1990 Standard Bank Arts Festival.
LISTEN WITH YOUR EYES a combination of mime and poetry written by Mr Buckland and the music of the South African contemporary music group; Tananas.
BETWEEN THE TEETH ;Market Theatre A theatrical study of the relation between word, meaning and gesture.
1991; SALA KAHLE; Theatre for Africa , a study of the issues surrounding land in South Africa and ideas of ownership.
A.A. Life Vita /Tonight! award for contribution to Comedy
1992; BLOODSTREAM ; Market Theatre. Traverse Theatre (Edinburgh). Awards; FNB Vita Play of The Year 1992, FNB Vita Best Actor, Scotsman Fringe First (Edinburgh)
1994; FEEDBACK ; National Arts Festival and Market Theatre, Assembly Rooms (Edinburgh).
Awards; Scotsman Fringe First
1995; MYTH PHALLUTH ; Standard Bank National Festival of Student Drama
1996; HUMAN RACE ; Standard Bank National Arts Festival
1997; THE MAN WHO JUMPED IN THE LAKE ; Theatre for Africa (Malawi)
1998; THE WATER JUGGLER ; Klein Karroo National Arts Festival, Standard bank National Arts Festival, Traverse Theatre (Edinburgh), Harare International Festival of the Arts.
1999; THE WELL BEING ; Market Theatre, Standard Bank National Arts Festival,
A DREAM OF RINI ; Grahamstown Foundation Studio Project
2000; THE WELL BEING ; Standard Bank National Arts Festival, Stadtsteatern, Stockholm, Wereld Kultuur Centrum, Antwerp, Harare, Zimbabwe, Zambia.
2001; MAKANA ; Standard Bank National Arts Festival, Barney Simon Theatre, Market Theatre Johannesburg, Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island
WEMELTONG ; Klein Karroo nasionale Kunstefees, Oudtshoorn, Aardklop Festival Potchefstroom. (collaborator and performer)
2002; THE WELL BEING ; United Kingdom tour. London, Brighton, Belfast, Manchester. April – June
2003; THE WELL BEING ; Winnipeg, Canada. The Prairie Theatre Exchange
2003 ; THE WELL BEING , FEEDBACK: New York USA Barnard College Columbia University Feb, July; National Arts Festival, Grahamstown.
2003 ; PLUNGE Devised and directed for the Ubom! Eastern Cape Drama Company and performed on the fringe of the National Arts Festival, Hilton Arts Festival; Sept, Baxter Studio Theatre , Cape Town. November.
2003 ; THUTHULA Performer Main programme; National Arts Festival
2004 ; THE WELL BEING Tour of Canada; Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottowa.
2004 ; THE WELL BEING Minor Latham Playhouse, New York. Feb
2004 : FUSE Wrote and performed in this new South African play. Directed by Janet Buckland. Funded by The National Arts Festival and Rhodes University. Premiered at the National Arts Festival 2004. Presented at the Traverse Theatre Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Subsequent seasons at the Baxter Theatre Cape Town and The Market Theatre Johannesburg. Presented at the Hilton Arts Festival and the Gauteng and Kwazulu and National Schools’ Festivals.
This production was nominated for six awards in five categories of the 2004 Naledi Awards, winning two of them ; Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, and Best Cutting Edge Production.
2005; Co-wrote and directed a new play HERO; a one person play featuring Craig Morris. This presented at national Arts Festival 2005 and 2006 and performed extensively around South Africa.
2005; BOOF!AARGH! a cabaret performance presented at the Trading Store venue in Grahamstown in collaboration with the random Jazz Ensemble
Wrote a collection of four plays about the history of Xhosa resistance to the British invasion of the Eastern Cape. PHALO , SANDILE , MAKANA , MAQOMA. These plays were then translated into Xhosa by East London writer Mpush Natbeni and were performed extensively around the Eastern Cape as part of a tourism development programme. The last of these was then re-written and presented at the National Arts Festival under the title KISS MY BOOT, and was performed by members of the Ubom|! Obutsha Eastern Cape Drama Company under the direction of Janet Buckland.
2006; Adapted and directed a production of JACK SLATER MONSTER INVESTIGATOR, a novel for children by John Dougherty for the Ubom! Eastern Cape Drama Company. This presented at the National Arts Festival 2006.
2006; At present in rehearsal for a production of a new play about the translators of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission titled TRUTH IN TRANSLATION for Colonnades Theatre in New York under the direction of Michael Lessac. The first performance will be in Kigali, Rwanda before a season at the Market theatre in September this year, then at the Baxter Theatre Cape Town.
2006; Played Robert in BETRAYAL by Harold Pinter for The Baxter Theatre. Directed by Lara Foot-Newton
2006; Performed in the Street Theatre Festival in Sandton
2007; Wrote and directed a short theatre work VUKA IKOLONI! For the Lalibela Game Farm on the history of the Eastern Cape
2007; devised a new one man performance titled VOETSEK! For the National Arts Festival Fringe.
2007; wrote and directed a new play; LOVE AMONGST THE BONES for the Ubom! Eastern Cape Drama Company premiered at the National Arts festival Fringe and subsequently performed at Regional Schools’ Festivals.
2007; Collaborated and performed in CRAPSHOOT an improvised music and physical poetry performance at the National Arts Festival Fringe with Random Planet jazz band.
2007; toured TRUTH IN TRANSLATION to USA, Sweden and Northern Ireland
2008; re-wrote and performed in VOETSEK! At the Musho festival in Durban Jan 10-11th
2008; performed VOETSEK! At the Hexagon Theatre Pietermaritzburg Mar 14th-15th.
2008; April ; toured TRUTH IN TRANSLATION TO HIFA in Harare and Bulawayo Zimbabwe.
2008; May; Contracted to CIRQUE DU SOLEIL to perform character of Sgt Pepper in the show LOVE in Las Vegas May 2008 – June 2009april
2010; Co-created and performed in MEET MARKET for Infecting the City festival Cape Town. Feb
2010; Co-wrote and performed in BREED for Ubom Eastern Cape Drama Company at NAF Fringe july 2010. Standard bank Silver Ovation Award.
2010; ANDREW BUCKLAND ONE MAN THREE SHOWS 100 CHARACTERS Baxter theatre centre april. The Ugly Noo Noo, Between the Teeth, Mistero Buffo by Dario Fo.
2010; ANDREW BUCKLAND ONE MAN THREE SHOWS 100 CHARACTERS Market theatre november. The Ugly Noo Noo, Between the Teeth, Mistero Buffo by Dario Fo.
2011; WRECKAGE first collaboration between the First Physical Theatre Company and Ubom; the two premier professional theatre companies of the Eastern Cape. Directed by Brink Scholtz. Co-creator and performer. National Arts Festival Arena
2012; THROUGH BLUE for Ubom! at National Arts Festival. Co-creator and performer
2012; DISCHARGE for the First Physical Theatre Company at National Arts Festival
2013; THE AMAZING OTHER SHOW Director, Script Supervisor; for Rhodes University Dean of Students office Rhodes University Theatre Grahamstown
2013; DRIFTING – reminiscing, remembering, reinventing, Reza. A visual theatre
tribute production to the life and works of Reza de Wet. Performer, Curator; Rhodes Theatre, Grahamstown.
2013; HOSS Performer, script supervisor co-deviser; for Ubom! National Arts Festival Fringe, National Schools Festival, Witness Hilton Arts Festival,
2013; CRAZY IN LOVE Performer, Co-creator; For Conspiracy of Clowns. Winner of Standard Bank Ovation Award National Arts Festival Fringe, Witness Hilton Arts Festival
2013; LAUGH THE BUFFALO Performer, Writer; for The Baxter Theatre Centre, Cape Town,
2014; ON THE HARMFUL EFFECTS OF TOBACCO for the Fortune Cookie Theatre Company; Main Festival Programme, National Arts Festival – JULY, and at Hilton Arts Festival September. Performer.
2014; THE WANGAI for Ubom! Eastern Cape Drama Company; at Rhodes Theatre and National Arts Festival Fringe. Writer and Director
2014; CRAZY IN LOVE for Conspiracy of Clowns for National Arts Festival Fringe July, Amsterdam Fringe, Amsterdam. September, and Cape Town Fringe September
2015; BLUE ORANGE by Joe Penhall for Baxter Theatre; Lead role Robert Smith.
2015; CRAZY IN LOVE for Conspiracy of Clowns at Market Theatre. Co-creator and performer.
2015; TOBACCO AND THE HARMFUL EFFECTS THEREOF for the Fortune Cookie Theatre Company; Baxter Theatre May/June. Performer