Basil Appollis

Jump to navigation Jump to search

Basil Appollis (196*-) Stage, film and TV actor, singer and director.


Born in Cape Town


He completed a Performers Diploma in Speech and Drama (University of Cape Town Drama Department 1980-1983) and a Directors Course at the British Theatre Association (London 1987).


Freelancing since 1984 and he spent two years doing Theatre-in Education.

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

Basil has appeared in A Midsummer Night's Dream (1988), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Pieter Toerien and NAPAC, 1990), Sue Pam-Grant and D.J. Grant’s Take the Floor (the Laager and on national and international tours, 1994, 2002), *, A Writer’s Last Word – A One Man Show (National Arts Festival 1998), District Six – The Musical (Baxter Theatre, 2002), Kanna, hy kô Hystoe (Baxter Theatre, 2003), Jack and the Beanstalk (Johannesburg Civic, 2003, **, Motown Magic (Gold Reef City, 2009).

Other productions include In Conversation, Indaba, In Gesprek, Guys and Dolls, Bouncers, The Merchant of Venice, Diplomatic Baggage, Whose Life is it Anyway? and Juno and the Paycock.

He was involved in different productions of Buckingham Palace, District Six, either as performer or director. His directing credits include * Buckingham Palace, District Six (Baxter Theatre, 199*) * Where the Boys Are (On Broadway, Cape Town, 2008), *.

He wrote and performed in My Word! Redesigning Buckingham Palace at the Baxter Theatre's Masambe venue, December 2013. The one-man, one-hour long theatre production is a celebration of the life and work of legendary writer Richard Rive.

Has been an actor in various international films and made guest appearances on SA TV shows.

He is a member of the Cape Flats Players.

Awards, etc


Take the Floor programme, 1994.

The New Age 11 December 2013.

Go to South African Theatre/Bibliography

Return to

Return to ESAT Personalities A

Return to South African Theatre Personalities

Return to The ESAT Entries

Return to Main Page