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Prof Andrew Buckland


Associate Professor Andrew Frederick Buckland

Rhodes University

Email address: a.buckland@ru.ac.za

Telephone (direct): +27 603 8719

Born in Zimbabwe in 1954, Andrew tripped and fell into theatre as a student in 1974. Since then his journey as an artist has been showered with good fortune including extraordinary teachers at the Rhodes Drama Department, genius collaborators like Soli Philander, Maciek Schejbal, Janice Honeyman, Jenni Reznek, Ilse van Hemert, Claire Stopford, Marthinus Basson, Barney Simon, Gary Gordon, Lionel Newton, Lara Foot, Sylvaine Strike and many others but principally his co-conspirator and life partner Janet Buckland. Working as a freelance actor between 1982 and 1992, his career included playing Hamlet for SABC, several feature film appearances and television roles as well as many leading roles in classical and contemporary theatre works. However life changed with the creation of The Ugly Noo Noo and the subsequent works culminating in The Well Being. During his career he has earned over twenty national and international theatre awards and recently spent a year working with the Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas. The privilege of training in movement and mime as a student provided the creative framework which attempted to engage in a theatre which drew sharp focus on the role of the body and of the physical presence of the actor. In July 1992, he took up a teaching post at the Drama Department at Rhodes and in 2010 Andrew was appointed Head of Department until June 2013. He now spends his time administering, teaching, performing, creating new work and trying to live in the moment.


  • BA Hons in Drama (with Distinction in Movement) (Rhodes, South Africa)


  • 1980 - 1981     Rhodes University; Junior temporary lecturer in the Department of Drama.
  • 1982 - 1992                
  • 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. Freelance actor, director, choreographer, mime and writer for theatre, television and industrial theatre.
  • Television;      The Miser , The Merchant of Venice, Hamlet (playing Hamlet), My Friend Angelo (nominated for the Tonight best actor award), The Fiddler , Faulkner's Law , Sea Tiger , and Sentinel.
  • Feature Films; Shot Down , The Schoolmaster, Dirty Games and Jane and the Lost City, The Good Fascist and Quest for Love.
  • Teaching;        Market Theatre Laboratory , 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.
  • 2010 - 2013 Head of Drama Department Rhodes University
  • 2014 – present; Associate Professor Drama Department Rhodes University


  • 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 Award – (2013) Crazy in Love
  • Best International Production; Amsterdam Fringe festival – (2014) Crazy in Love
  • Best Actor; Stellenbosch Festival – (2016) Tobacco and the Harmful Effects Thereof

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