Bobby Heaney (1952-) is a South African television, film and stage producer and director.
Bobby is married and the couple has two sons.
He graduated from the University of Cape Town Drama Department in 1975.
Started out as a young actor for ** and PACOFS. Then made his name as director, becoming one of the leading directors of his generation. Later moved to television in the late 1980s though still doing some theatre work.
Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance
Performed in Julius Caesar (Maynardville 1976), Butley (as “Joey”, with PACT), Hamlet (as “Horatio”, with PACT), Macbeth (as “Malcolm”, with PACT), A Tribute to Lili Lamont (as “Tommy Alvarez”), Golda, Misalliance, Ross (as “Hamed”), Present Laughter (as “Roland Maule” with PACT), The School for Scandal (as “Benjamin Backbit” with PACT), Rookery Nook (as “Clive” with PACT), The Crucible (as “Reverend Hale”), Windmills of the Mind (PACT 1979), Othello (Maynardville 1982).
Television appearances include the title role in Poor Britos, The Diggers, All the Gold and the second series of Westgate.
In 1980 he made his stage directorial debut with the Market Theatre Company production of The Indian Wants the Bronx.
He subsequently directed Die Onverwagte Besoeker (with PACT), Faith Healer, Saturday Night at the Palace, Talley's Folly Upstairs at the Market in 1982, Lone Star and Pvt. Wars, two plays by American playwright James McLure  (1951-2011) (1982), The Dining Room, Virginia Upstairs at the Market in February 1983, My Seuns for TRUK in 1984.
He directed Die Trem se Naam: Begeerte, an Afrikaans translation of Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire starring Marius Weyers and Brumilda van Rensburg for TRUK in May 1985, Glengarry Glen Ross (PACT, 1985), Translations(1985), Making Like America (1986), Wild Honey (August 1986).
In 1982 made his directorial debut with Highrise Cowboy (as well as assistant producing Hamlet) for SATV.
Bobby has won several national and regional awards for Best Director over the years. In 1980 he made his stage directorial debut winning the Breytenbach Epathlon Best Director award with the Market Theatre Company production of The Indian Wants the Bronx Back.
Death Defying Acts (Director of the Year, 1999/2000).
Various entries in the NELM catalogue.
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