Russel Savadier

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(19*-) Actor and playwright. ***



Graduated from UCT 1979.


During his student years he worked at The Space and also took part in touring productions. He was contracted to CAPAB for five years after graduating.

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

As writer he was a co-creator, (with Geraldine Aron, Peter Snyders and others) of The Final Sting of the Dying Wasp (Performed at The Space, 197*, directed by Mavis Taylor).

As actor he starred in The Government Inspector, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth (CAPAB 1981), The Comedy of Errors for PACT, William M. Hoffman’s As Is which was directed by Janice Honeyman in 1986, The Boys Next Door (Baxter Theatre, 1986), Simon Gray’s The Common Pursuit directed by Ken Leach at the Alhambra Theatre in 1987, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, 1988, Lanford Wilson’s Burn This at Upstairs at the Market in 1989 and in Never the Sinner which opened at the Leonard Rayne Theatre on 28 September 1991, Night Sky (1992).

Went on to become a well known television and film comedian, i.a. in the long running SABC sit. com. Fishy Fêshuns, He played in Heroes, Thicker than Water, People Like Us, John Ross Story, The Big Time. He had taken part in feature films like Steel Dawn with Patrick Swayze, Journey and Options.

Awards, etc

He was nominated for a Fleur du Cap Award for his role as Mendy in The Lisbon Traviata, 1991.


Tucker 1997

Every Good Boy Deserves Favour theatre programme.

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