SWERDLOW, Alan (19**-) Stage, television and film actor, director, presenter.
He studied at the Universities of the Witwatersrand and Cape Town.
Since completing his post-graduate studies at UCT's Little Theatre, he has acted, written or directed for most of the theatrical managements in the country He was under contract for PACT for eighteen months pre-1981. Worked for the People's Theatre Trust.
He was a founder member of the Youn Market Company and as a freelance actor has performed in a variety of roles.
In 2004 he was the Arts and Entertainment Specialist for the national radio station Safm 104-107 and crossed the floor to hard news as deputy on AM Live.
Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance
Alan is one of South Africa's most highly regarded theatre directors. Moving with equal facility from small one-man shows to dramas and large-scale musical extravaganzas. Among his many successes are shows as different as the smash hit A Handful of Keys (ten years on and still packing houses wherever it plays), Amadeus for the State Theatre and The King and I for PACT Opera. Recently, Alan directed Yasmina Reza's Life X3 for Daphne Kuhn's Theatre on the Square and Troupe Theatre Company, and the 25th Anniversary revival of The Other Side of the Swamp for Pieter Toerien Productions. Other productions that Alan has directed for Pieter Toerien include Jeeves Takes Charge, The Sisters Rosensweig (1995), What a Carry On!, HRH, The Book Club, the acclaimed Amy's View, The Mystery of Irma Vep, and most recently Maybe Baby, It's You.
He directed Edward Duke’s Jeeves Takes Charge at the Richard Haines in 1993. He directed John Chapman’s Key for Two in 1994. He directed Bryan Schimmel and Ian von Memerty’s A Handful of Keys at the Civic's Youth Theatre in 1994.
In his final year at UCT he was nominated for the Three Leaf Award as the most promising student.
A Handful of Keys programme notes, 1995.
Honour programme notes in 2004.
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