Victor Melleney

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Victor Melleney (19*-) British actor, director and production manager who arrived in South Africa in 1958.





Worked for the National Theatre Organisation (NTO) from 1959-1962, and as actor. Later worked for the Performing Arts Councils, Pieter Toerien and others. Like most professionals, he also directed for amateur companies, such as the Bloemfontein Reps.

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

He has performed in The Complaisant Lover (1960), There Goes the Bride, Rosebloom, Who Killed Agatha Christie (at the Academy Theatre), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas ( as “Ed Earl Dodd” at His Majesty's Theatre), Hello, Dolly! (as “Horace van der Gelder”), My Fair Lady (as “Alfred Doolittle”).

He starred in Brian Brooke’s Any Wednesday with Helen Cotterill and Vivienne Drummond in 1973. In 1988 he appeared as Goldman in District Six – The Musical at the Market Theatre. He starred in Michael Pertwee’s Birds of Paradise at the Alhambra Theatre in 1992.

He produced and starred in The Cave Dwellers (NTO 1959).

He produced the musical Dingaka in 1961.

Produced The School for Wives, Seven against the Sun, Mornings at Seven (1959), An Oak Fell (at the Baxter Theatre), Send for Dolly (at the Academy Theatre).

Directing credits include John M. Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World for PACT at the Civic Theatre in 1963. He directed Lokval Vir 'n Man Alleen (Trap for a Lonely Man) for TRUK in 1963, The Caucasian Chalk Circle (PACT 1965) , an adaptation of War and Peace at the Alexander Theatre for PACT in 1966, The Mask and the Face (PACT, 1967) and The Skinflint, 1969, Another Sip of Jerepigo, 1990.

Awards, etc


SACD 1974, 1979/80, 1980/81, 1981/82.

Tucker, 1997.

Mornings at Seven (NTO) theatre programme, 1959.

Various entries in NELM catalogue.

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