Geoffrey Ferris

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(19**-19**) {Brief descriptive identification of the person}



Ferris trained as a child actor at the Italia Conti School, London. He appeared in numerous West End shows as a dancer before starting to choreograph and direct.


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

Quoted from the programme of Tom Foolery in 1981: 'In 1967 he staged the revival of Oliver! at the Piccadilly Theatre, London, and in Tokyo in 1968 and was associate director on the current revival at the Albery Theatre, London - as well as directing same for PACT in Johannesburg in 1978. He recently directed the musical Snapshots at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East, and staged the new John Antrobus musical Jonah at Cambridge. In 1979 he staged the David Wood musical The Gingerbread Man at the Royalty Theatre, London, and has devised and directed two national touring productions Hello Hollywood and Give My Regards to Broadway. Film credits include directing the Pick Pocket sequences in the Sean Connery/Donald Sutherland film The First Great Train Robbery. He has just returned from Canada after directing the North American premiere of Tom Foolery and is also Associate DIrector of the current production at the Criterion Theatre, London.'

Awards, etc


Programme notes of Tom Foolery in 1981.

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