Alan Swerdlow

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(****-****). Actor. Performed in Hardy Folk (at the Market Theatre), Holy Moses and All That Jazz (with Young Market) Hail Wedded Love (at the Baxter Theatre). (SACD 1980/81)

(19**-) Actor and director. *** He translated Joshua Sobol’s Ghetto which was later staged by PACT and Moira Blumenthal in 1991. 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. He starred in Giles Havergal’s Travels With My Aunt at the Leonard Rayne in August 1994.

Quoted from the programme of Honour he Swerdlow directed in 2004: '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. 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. 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, 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 is the Arts and Entertainment Specialist for the national radio station Safm 104-107 and crosses the floor to hard news as deputy on AM Live.'

Performer, presenting and directing. Worked for PACT; NAPAC; CAPAB. Television and film actor as well. Worked for the People's Theatre Trust. Jeeves Takes Charge (for Pieter Toerien); Musical Trilogy - assistant director (NAPAC); Romeo and Juliet (directed); Great Gatsby (directed) (People's Theatre); directed Being Alive and Open a New Window, two gala extravaganzas for Artists Against Aids. Directed Key for Two (PACT) and Buddy Holly Story. Acted in Travels With My Aunt for Pieter Toerien.


A Handful of Keys programme notes, 1995.

Honour programme notes in 2004.

Tucker, 1997

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