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Athol Fugard, born in Middelburgh, in the Karoo desert region of South Africa, is an icon of humanitarian theatre. Throughout his career he has battled to bring the stories of South Africans to the world even under the darkest years of apartheid. He is widely regarded as one of South Africa’s leading writers and directors. Time Magazine has named him the greatest active playwright in the English-speaking world. Interviewing him in The Times prior to the UK premiere of Victory at the Theatre Royal Bath, Brian Logan wrote that “To meet Athol Fugard is to drink deeply of the 20th Century.”

Plays include No Good Friday, Non-Gogo, Blood Knot, Hello and Goodbye, People are Living There, Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act, Sizwe Banzi Is Dead, Dimetos, The Island, A Lesson from Aloes, Master Harold… and the Boys, The Road to Mecca, A Place with the Pigs, My Children! My Africa, Playland, Valley Song, The Captain’s Tiger, Sorrows and Rejoicings, Exits and Entrances, Victory.

Film includes The Road to Mecca, Gandhi, The Killing Field, Meetings with Remarkable Men, Marigolds in August, Boesman and Lena, The Guest.

His novel Tsotsi was made into a film produced by Peter Fudakowski and directed by Gavin Hood. It won the 2005 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, as well as the Michael Powell Award and the Standard Life Audience Award at the 2005 Edinburgh Film Festival, the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival and the Audience Award at the Los Angeles AFI Film Festival. He has also published his autobiographical memoirs Cousins.

David Judge - Theatre credits includes; Crying in the Chapel (Contact Theatre), Three Sisters (Lyric Hammersmith), An Argument about Sex (Edinburgh Traverse and Glasgow Tramway), Irish Pele (Contact Theatre), The Eleventh Capital (Royal Court), Christmas is Miles Away (Manchester Royal Exchange and Bush Theatre), The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Harrogate Theatre), and Afterbirth (Arcola Theatre).

Television credits include: The Bill, Hollyoaks, The Omid Djallili show, New Street Law, Silent Witness, and Casualty.

Nadim Sawalha - Theatre credits include; Turning Over (Bush Theatre), Jenkins Ear (Royal Court Theatre), White Cameleon (NT), A Dream of People (RSC), Vladimir in his own production of Waiting for Godot (Lyric Studio, Hammersmith), George Khan in the original production of East is East (Royal Court) and the title role in Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Qur'an (Bush Theatre). Most recently he has appeared in his own one man show about Mohammad al Fayed, All I Want is a British Passport (Soho Theatre and National Tour)

Film credits include; The Wind and the Lion, A Touch of Class, Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, Pascali's Island, Half Moon Street, Son of the Pink Panther and the Bond films The Spy Who Loved Me and The Living Daylights.

Most recently Nadim played Ibn Mustafa in The Greatest Journey (Cosmic/SK Films), King Hussein of Jordan in House of Saddam (Dangerous Films), Emir Hamed Al-Subaai in Syriana (Warner Bros), and took the title role in Captain Abu Raed (Paper & Pen Films). He has also played Pir Naseem in the forthcoming West is West.

Recent Television roles include Golam Yama in If... Cloning Could Cure Us, Mohammed Khan in Murphy's Law, Rafi Nadir in The Bill, Mohammed Al Fayed in Diana: Last Days of a Princess and Bassam in Robin Hood.

Cat Simmons - Theatre credits include; Simone in Che Walker's Been So Long at the Young Vic, the Princess in Sean Mathias' production of Aladdin (Old Vic), Ivy in Trevor Nunn's production of We Happy Few (Gielgud Theatre), Joyce Lane in Simply Heavenly (Young Vic), Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar (National Tour), and Candy in Whistle Down the Wind (Aldwych Theatre).

Television credits include; PC Kezia Walker in The Bill; and appearances in Casualty, Doctors, No Angels and Holby City.

Jaden Matthias, Jamel Matthias, Taanashe Mwatsiya and Panashe Mwatsiya are making their professional stage debuts in this production.

Cordelia Monsey has worked extensively as Associate Director to Peter Hall in seasons at Bath, The Old Vic, in the West End, and on tour - most recently on his productions of Bedroom Farce (West End) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream starring Dame Judi Dench (Rose Theatre Kingston). Previous productions with him include Shaw’s The Apple Cart (Bath summer 2009), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Rose Theatre Kingston), Portrait of a Lady (Theatre Royal Bath and Rose Theatre Kingston), Pygmalion (Theatre Royal Bath and Old Vic), Uncle Vanya (Rose Theatre Kingston, ETT), Old Times (UK tour), Waiting for Godot (Old Vic, Theatre Royal Bath, West End); and with Trevor Nunn: We Happy Few (Gielgud). Director credits include remounting Pygmalion for the 2009 Hong-Kong Arts Festival, the UK Premiere of Athol Fugard’s Victory (Theatre Royal Bath); Home, Private Lives (NT Platforms); Ain’t I a Woman (Riverside Studios); Speak of the Devil (Edinburgh Festival); Ionesco’s Macbett, Fielding’s Tom Thumb (RSC/Almeida); New Plays (RSC Winter Festival); Roman and Marys, Anna on Anna (Offstage Downstage); Golden Girls (Leeds), Betrayal, (Leatherhead Theatre). Assistant Director credits include Amadeus for Peter Hall (Old Vic); Richard III for Richard Eyre, King Lear for Deborah Warner (National Theatre and subsequent World Tour); Macbeth, The Tempest, Restoration (RSC), Nicholas Nickleby (RSC and subsequent US tour); The Fairy Queen (Aix-en-Provence); Carmen (Glyndebourne).

Hugh de la Bédoyère received a Stage One Apprenticeship Bursary award in 2008, apprenticing under Kenny Wax for Kenny Wax Ltd and Edward Snape for Fiery Angel Ltd. Productions include The Early Bird (Finborough Theatre and subsequent transfer to Project Arts Centre, Dublin), Boffoonery: A Comedy Benefit in Aid of Bletchley Park (Bloomsbury Theatre) and NewsRevue (Canal Café Theatre and Edinburgh Festival). He has also worked as Associate Producer on A Frisky and Mannish Christmas (Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue), The Shawl (Canal Café Theatre), and as a Production Assistant to his Stage One mentors on An Inspector Calls (National Tour and Novello Theatre), The 39 Steps (Criterion Theatre), The Witches of Eastwick, Quadrophenia, Dial M for Murder and Peppa Pig’s Party (National Tours). Hugh was the Manager and Producer for the Canal Café Theatre in 2007–2008.