Ian Roberts

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Ian Roberts (1952-). South African actor for stage, TV and film, director and dramatist and musician [1].


From the Katberg Mountains, educated at St Andrews College, Grahamstown. He was married to Michelle Botes. Ian is fluent in English, isiXhosa and Afrikaans.


He studied at Rhodes University and PE Technikon.


His first professional years were at CAPAB, which he joined in 1979, the Space Theatre and Troupe Theatre Company. Since 1982 he has been predominantly involved in TV and film work but has done at least one play every year.

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

Ian acted in productions such as The Shadow of the Glen (1976), Look Back in Anger (1977), Skyvers (1978), as Stephano in The Merchant of Venice (Maynardville 1979), Death of a Salesman (1979), as Mosie in Die Swerfjare van Poppie Nongena (1979), Kafka’s Metamorphosis (1980), Chinchilla (1980), Claw (1981), Agamemnon (1981) Summit Conference (1981), Accidental Death of an Anarchist (1983), Rain (1983), The Real Thing (1983), True West (1983),Going Under (1984), as Boet Cronjé in Die Koggelaar (1987), played Donny in American Buffalo (1988), Mallemeulwals (1998), The Blood Knot (1998), Tot Die Dood Ons Skei (1999), Oor Die Berge (2004), Die Vloek van die Strandjutwolf (2006).

He has also written a number of scripts, such as Honeytown 1 and the musical Palang van Dwaal an Afrikaans musical play and acted in a production at the KKNK in 1998.

He directed The Weekenders, co-directed A Savage from the Colonies (2001).

He wrote Guinea Fowl. Acted in a 1981 production of the play and directed a 1999 production at the National Arts Festival.

Since 2000 he has directed a number of productions including Defending the Cavebrats (2002), A Matter of Time (NAF 2003), Expletive Deleted (Musho Festival. January 2007), In-Gene-Uity (NAF 2009).

He appeared in the television series Rhodes; Acted in the film Paljas (1998). č

Awards, etc

DALRO award 1987 for the best performance in Afrikaans in Die Koggelaar


American Buffalo theatre programme 1988.

Tucker, 1997.

Photographs, theatre programmes held by NELM.

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