Andrew Buckland

After tripping and falling into theatre as a student in 1974, Andrew has been active both as a theatre maker and as an actor performing in a range of theatre, film and television roles in both classical and contemporary genres. Highlights include three Fringe First Awards from the Edinburgh Festival, and the role of Sgt Pepper in the Las Vegas production of LOVE The Beatles for the prestigious Cirque du Soleil in 2008/2009. During his 49 year career he has also developed a reputation for creating an extraordinary range of cutting edge original work including The Ugly Noo Noo, Between The Teeth, Bloodstream, Feedback, The Well Being. These plays, together with his performances in; Monday after the Miracle, Fuse, Breed, Crazy in Love, Tobacco, The Inconvenience of Wings, Endgame and Firefly, have garnered a significant list of national and international awards including the prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist Award in 1986.

Between 1992 and 2017 he played a key role in the Drama Department of the University Currently Known as Rhodes when he retired and was named Associate Professor Emeritus.  Andrew continues to engage strongly in the creation of new works and is also a member of the creative team which devised a new work with the Phare Ponleu Selpak Circus Company in Cambodia for the Global Arts Corps.  His on screen work includes leading roles in the telenovella Legacy for Tshedza Films, Catching Feelings by Kagiso Lediga and he has also received international acclaim for his role as Gerald in the feature film The Fragile King directed by Tristan Holmes which is now released through Amazon Prime. His recent performance work in 2022/23 includes leading roles in Hold Still by Nadia Davids for the Baxter Theatre, Oedipus at Colonus for Magnet Theatre, The Life and Times of Michael K for the Handspring Puppet Company and the Baxter Theatre, directed by Lara Foot which presented at the Galway International Festival of the Arts and the Edinburgh Festival, and has since toured to St Ann’s Warehouse in New York City and is due to play in Shanghai and other international venues. Firefly is a new work devised in 2021 in collaboration with Sylvaine Strike, Toni Bentel and Tony Morkel for Fortune Cookie Theatre. This work has enjoyed significant success through several seasons in Cape Town and Johannesburg.