Bobby Heaney

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(****-****). Actor and Director. Bronx

Was with CAPAB in 1976 and PACT English drama 1977-1980. Awarded the 1980 Breytenbach Epathlon for Best Director for The Indian wants the Bronx. (was also nominated in 1981 and 1982.) Won the 1983 Fleur du Cap Theatre Award for Best Director. Had an Artes Nomination for Best Actor for playing "Bitos" in Poor Bitos.

Performed in 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”). Directed The Indian wants the Bronx (at the Market Theatre), Die Onverwagte Besoeker (with PACT), Lone Star/Private Wars, Faith Healer. (SACD 1977/78) (SACD 1978/79) (SACD1979/80) (SACD 1980/81) (SACD 1981/82)(Limelight 1983/84)

HEANEY, Bobby. (19**-) Actor and director. Born in **, studied at ***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. Plays directed include **, Private Wars and Lone Star (1982 - Fleur du Cap Best Director), Miss Julie (19**), Saturday Night at the Palace (19*), **, Death of a Salesman (2001, Fleur du Cap Best Director), HEANEY, Bobby. Actor, director and TV producer. He starred in John Pank’s Windmills of the Mind with Michael McCabe, John Hussey and Kerry Jordan with direction by François Swart for PACT in 1979. He starred in Roy Sargeant’s production of Sheridan’s The School for Scandal together with Erica Rogers, Richard Haines and John Hussey for PACT at the Alexander Theatre in 1980. He directed Israel Horowitz’s The Indian wants the Bronx starring Bill Curry, Michael Richard and Jonathan Rands at the Laager in 1980, winning a DALRO best director award for his effort. He directed Paul Slabolepszy’s Saturday Night at the Palace starring Slabolepszy, Bill Flynn and Fats Dibeko at Upstairs at the Market in 1982. It returned to the Market in October. He directed Lanford Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Talley’s Folly starring Dorothy-Ann Gould and Anthony Fridjohn at Upstairs at the Market in 1982. He directed A.R.Gurney Jr’s The Dining Room starring Gordon Mulholland, Amanda Strydom, Ralph Lawson and Patricia Sanders at the Baxter Theatre circa 1983. It was also staged at the Alhambra Theatre in 1983. He directed Edna O’Brien’s Virginia starring Sandra Duncan, Robert Whitehead and Yvonne Banning at Upstairs at the Market in February 1983. He directed an Afikaans translation of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons called My Seuns starring Louis van Niekerk, Johan Engelbrecht and Lida Botha at the Alexander Theatre for TRUK in 1984. His production of Strindberg’s Miss Julie starring Sandra Prinsloo and John Kani originated at the Baxter Theatre and went to the Market Theatre in February 1985. 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. He directed PACT’s production of David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross starring Bill Flynn, Wilson Dunster, Anthony Fridjohn and Dale Cutts at the Alexander Theatre in 1985. He also directed Brian Friel’s Translations starring Michael Richard and Patrick Mynhardt in 1985 He directed Paul Slabolepszy’s Making Like America starring Paul, Marius Weyers, Nicky Rebelo and Lida Meiring at the Market in December 1986. He directed Michael Frayn’s adaptation of Chekhov’s comedy called Wild Honey starring Michael Richard and Jana Cilliers at the Alexander in August 1986. His productions of Harold Pinter’s One for the Road and Saumuel Beckett’s Catastrophe was staged for the Market at the Wits Theatre in 1985. He directed The Maids for PACT at the Windybrow Theatre in 1987. His production of Tom Stoppard’s adaptation of Largo Desolato was staged by PACT in 1988 and he directed Shakespeare’s The Winter's Tale for them later that same year. He directed Tom Stoppard’s Hapgood at the Alexander Theatre in 1989. He directed Paul Slabolepszy’s Pale Natives at the Market in 1994. * (Tucker, 1997)

HEANEY, Bobby, Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller , Baxter Theatre, 2001 Hello and Goodbye (Royal Shakespeare Company) met Antony Sher & Estelle Kohler. The Beauty Queen of Leenane, (2001, Baxter Theatre), Vatmaar (2002, Oude Libertas-amfiteater. Hansel and Gretel for Spier Summer Arts Festival (Feb/March 2003)

Received an Artes Award nomination for the title role in Poor Bitos. In 1982 made his directorial debut with Highrise Cowboy (as well as assistant producing Hamlet) for SATV. In 1980 he made his stage directorial debut winning the Breytenbach Epathlon Best Director award with the Market Theatre Company proction of The Indian Wants the Bronx Back. Productions to his credit include Lone Star & PVT. Wars (Epathlon nomination), The Dining Room and Memoir. Talley's Folly - best director Epathlon.

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