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

                                                            cell; 0737969498




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 

                                                                                                the Teeth


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

Best Actor; US Woordfees – (2016) Tobacco and the Harmful Effects Thereof

Best Actor; Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards – (2016) The Inconvenience of Wings




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.


Original Theatre;   


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

Jan- Feb


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 by William Harding Directed by Sylvaine Strike for the Fortune Cookie Theatre Company; Baxter Theatre May/June. Performer

2016;  TOBACCO by William Harding directed by Sylvaine Strike for the Fortune Cookie Theatre Company; Market Theatre Johannesburg

2016;  THE INCONVENIENCE OF WINGS by Lara Foot Directed by Lara Foot for The Baxter Theatre National Arts Festival, Baxter Theatre Centre Cape Town
2016;  CATCHING FEELINGS feature film directed by Kagiso Lediga for Diprente
2016;  CLYBOURNE PARK by Bruce Norris directed by Greg Karvellas for Fugard Theatre Cape Town
2017;  THE INCONVENIENCE OF WINGS by Lara Foot directed by Lara Foot for the Baxter Theatre ; Market Theatre Johannesburg
2017; TOBACCO by William Harding directed by Sylvaine Strike for the Fortune Cookie Theatre Company, and THE INCONVENIENCE OF WINGS by Lara Foot directed by Lara Foot for the Baxter Theatre at Assembly Festival ; Edinburgh Festival.
2018; THE INCONVENIENCE OF WINGS by Lara Foot for the Baxter Theatre Centre
2018; SEE YOU YESTERDAY Associate Director for Global Arts Corp in Battambang, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap Cambodia.

15 Responses to “resume”

  1. Shiri Says:

    wow, this resume is one that any arts lover can dream of. I am doing a project on you, Andrew Buckland, for university and would like your permission to use this resume or at least parts of it for my project. I am designing an exhibit for a museum focussing on you and physical theatre in South Africa. A response would be much appreciated as soon as possible. Thank you for your plays, your work and of course the incredible acting which always inspires me.

  2. Clive Dyer Says:

    Hello Andrew, more water than we can recollect – there are a few things I’d like to reconnect with you on. Clive Dyer

  3. I attended Beatles Love on Feb. 14th and you gave me the most perfect red rose…thank you for making my Bday trip to Vegas the best experience in life thus far love.

  4. Celeste Says:

    Hi there,

    I attended the Grahamstown Festival in 1994 and was going through some old photos of that trip and remembered we had seen your show Feedback. It was by far the best that Grahamstown gave to us that year.

    I was wondering if there was a taping of it somewhere or a video of your works or so that I would be able to get my hands on. I would love to be able to show that specific piece to my family.

    Many thanks.

  5. James Says:

    Hi Andrew.Very impressed.I need Scripts/background music to perform a Mime-act.Where can i find resources???I love to Act on a short,inspired story.Can you help please?

  6. Hi Andrew,

    I contacted you several years ago about The Well Being, which I saw you perform in Edinburgh in 1995. It must have made quite an impression on me, because I’m still after it. You can find out more about me at my website. I wonder, do you ever let other artists produce The Well Being? I promise I would care for it like . . . a precious melon . . .


  7. Ann Conradt Says:

    URGENT!!!! Please how do I obtain a copy of your Ugly Noonoo script. I saw a production of it, and want very much to have my Matric students perform it as part of their final practical exam. I teach at Cedar House School, in Kenilworth, Cape Town.
    Annie Conradt

  8. Dear Andrew and friends
    I went to Cape Town on Friday to see as much as possible of Infecting the City. I want to complement you and your collaborators on “Meet Market”. The work was incredibly powerful, energetic and overall striking and thought provoking. As a dancer myself, I was pleasantly surprised that most works incorporated dance. Usually dance can be a mysterious language with weird sexual undertones, but the dance in your work was understandable and clear. The dog guys on the leashes were my favourite. One was also aware that there was so much going on, that it was impossible to absorb it all – I love that. So –thanks, Meet Market was a privilege to experience!

  9. Kim Hope Says:

    Dear Andrew,

    Your email address has fallen off my new lap top. I have a number of photos of you working with the actor-educators at Themba in Joburg and would like to be able to email them to you if you are interested. I’m back in the UK now, and the Themba HIV/AIDS Organisation is still doing good work in SA (though it’s called Themba Interactive now).

    So – I see from your website that you are now head of Drama at Rhodes! Good luck to you for that!

    I’m running ‘Youth Theatre’ workshops at the Chichester Festival theatre. They are not for the ‘Youth’ however, but for people aged over 55. It’s great and we all love it! And next month I’ll be doing a drama project at the Ford Open Prison on Black History Month. So work is around despite the recession – if you look for it.

    And I set up the Themba Trust UK to raise money to support the Themba work in SA.

    If you let me know your e-mail address I’ll send the pics. The guys (and I) all remember the Big Black Crow with affection!



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  11. James Gibbs Says:

    Dear Mr Buckland, I am editing a volume of African Theatre (an academic journal published by Boydell and Brewer/ James Currey. It is on Festivals and I am looking for an articles/ interviews on (perhaps) ‘How theatre festivals affected my life, career and work’. Please get in touch if you would like to contribute to the volume on that or another topic. Yrs James Gibbs

  12. Suzie Kratzer Says:

    Dear Mr.Buckland,
    I read through your resume and I’m really impressed!
    I am a Grade 11 Drama student and I have a Research Project about you and physical theatre in South Africa so I have a few questions I would like to ask. I would be very thankful if we could get in e-mail contact so that I can send you my questions.
    Kind regards,
    Suzie Kratzer

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  14. Hello, i was making a show on a boat and a passenger who liked very much the show said that i should contact you.
    please have a look at this adress –
    Thank you.

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