James Ngcobo (19**-). Actor, director.
James Ngcobo, from Kwamashu, Durban, started his acting career on stage in 1989. He joined and trained with NAPAC’s Loft Theatre Company, Durban in 1989, working with them for three years before moving to Johannesburg in the early '90s. He was initially drawn to theatre after reading Shakespeare's plays, specifically The Merchant of Venice. He remembers that the play pulled him instantly into the world of drama.
James has also worked in England for Birmingham Rep. Especially adept at comedy.
Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance
Other productions include The Circus Adventure (1994), The Good Woman of Sharkville, (1996), Robin's A Cruise-Ou (1997), La Cage aux Folles (1997), Talk Radio (1998), Five Guys Named Moe (1999), Ways of Dying (1999), Happy Natives (2002), Whole in One (2003).
Directed The Lion and the Jewel (2008), The Amen Corner by James Baldwin, directed by James Ngcobo, Laager Theatre, 2007-2008, Thirst, written and directed by James Ngcobo, Market Theatre, 2008, Bopha! (2012), Boesman and Lena (2012), The Colored Museum 2014.
Directed the musical production Songs of Migration.
Winner Vita (National), award year 1997 Ngcobo, James : `La Cage au Folles' [Tonight/FNB Vita Award for Comedy
One of Ngcobo's favourite roles won him a Vita Award for best actor in a I tomedyin 1997. That was for his role as Jacob, a gay man in La Cage aux Folies, directed by , Janice Honeyman.
Nominated Naledi 2009 New SA play Thirst (James Ngcobo)
Nominated Naledi 2010 ames Ngcobo: Master Harold and the boys.
Nominated Fleur du Cap 2013 Best director: James Ngcobo (Boesman & Lena)
Various entries in the NELM catalogue.
Interview with Nokuthula Mazibuko, City Press, 1 October 2006.
Homann & Maufort 2015. pp 363-370 (Interview).
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