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Recent Theatre & Performance Projects

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Breaths of Joburg, 2023

Co-produced by Alex Halligey (for JIAS) and Kgomotso Mtshali (for UJ Arts & Culture)

Part of the Johannesburg Literary Site-specific Theatre Project, a research project lead by Alex Halligey for UJ and Anders Høg Hansen for Malmö University

Directed by Jade Bowers

Devised by Jade Bowers, Lebo Mashile, Tina Redman, Yogin Sullaphen and UJ Arts Academy students 

Performed by Lebo Mashile, Tina Redman, Yogin Sullaphen and UJ Arts Academy students 

Live videography and editing for online stream: Mikael Rundberg, Malmö University

Documentary videography: Bonga Nkomo

Funded by: UJ Arts & Culture and Malmö University

In kind support: UJ Arts & Culture, JIAS, Malmö University, Windybrow Arts Centre and the Market Theatre Foundation

Venue: Cnr Nugget Street and Hadfield Road, outside the Windybrow Arts Centre

Press and Reviews

Sunday Times Lifestyle review by Kgomotso Moncho Maripane

Creative Feel review by David Mann

Creative Feel interview with Alex Halligey

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Unfathomable, film version, 2022

Launched 13 July 2022

Presented by Alex Halligey in association with UJ Arts & Culture

Based on the original stage play devised by Alex Halligey and Athena Mazarakis

Performed by Alex Halligey

Directed by Athena Mazarakis

Designed by Jenni-lee Crewe

Lighting design by Benjamin Muir-Mills

Filmed and edited by Nicola Pilkington

Sound design by Zain Vally

Original score by Daniel de Wet

This work is based on the research supported by the National Institute for The Humanities and Social Sciences

Production partners for the launch: National Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences, Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study, UJ Arts & Culture, POPart Production Company, The Bioscope

Press and Reviews

Mail & Guardian feature by Kgomotso Moncho Maripane

My View review by Robyn Sassen

702 Radio interview and review by Refiloe Mapakanyane

The Ar(t)chive review by Tammy Ballantyne

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Alex Halligey in stills from Unfathomable, videography by Nicola Pilkington

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Diving, site-specific play, 2020

Co-produced by Alex Halligey and Clara Vaughan

Directed by Clara Vaughan

Devised by Gerard Bester, Jaques da Silva, Marco Fernandes, Alex Halligey, Mwenya Kabwe, Sinenhlanhla Mgeyi, Toni Morkel, Frances Slabolepszy

Performed by Jaques da Silva, Marco Fernandes, Martin Grendele, Alex Halligey, Sinenhlanhla Mgeyi  

Production partner for this run: POPart Production Company

Venue: St Andrew's School Senderwood Diving Well

Awards: Naledi Award nomination for Best Ensemble Production for 2020
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Left to right: Sinenhlanhla Mgeyi, Jaques da Silva, Martin Grendele, Alex Halligey

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Alex Halligey & Jaques da Silva

Photography by Caryn Katz

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Marco Fernandes on diving board

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Unfathomable, stage version, 2019

Devised by Alex Halligey and Athena Mazarakis

Performed by Alex Halligey

Directed by Athena Mazarakis

Designed by Jenni-lee Crewe

Performed at National Arts Festival, Makhanda and 969 Festival, Wits Theatre

Awards: Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award 

Press and Reviews

News 24 review by Nondumiso Msimanga

The Critter review by Steve Kretzmann

pArticipate review by Tammy Ballantyne

Artsvark interview with Renos Spanoudes

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Photographs of Alex Halligey in performance by Steve Kretzmann

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Ngale kweNdlu: The Other Side of the House, site-specific play, 2018

Devised by Alex Halligey, Tamara Guhrs and Kwasha!, Co-directed  by Alex Halligey and Tamara Guhrs

Design and installations by Tamara Guhrs

Performed by Kwasha!: Lesego Chabedi, Balindile kaNcgobo, Sinehlanhla Mgeyi, Khanyisile Ngwaba, Matthews Rantsoma, Millicent Tintswalo

Produced by the Market Theatre

Venue: Windybrow Arts Centre

Reviews

Times Live review by Andrea Nagel

Business Day review by Chris Thurman

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Miners, left to right: Khanyisile Ngwaba, Millicent Tintswalo,  Sinenhlanhla Mgeyi 

Standing in Victorian dress: Blindile kaNcgobo

Photograph by Alex Halligey

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Illustrations by Fiver Locker

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Reviews

IOL review by Diane de Beer

My View review by Robyn Sassen

Artsvark review by Artsvark Presser

Izithombe 2094, site-specific play, 2016

Co-devised by Alex Halligey Lindiwe Matshikiza, Toni Morkel, Baeletsi Tsatsi, residents of Bienvenu Refugee Shelter and Bertrams Junior School Grade 5s & 6s 

Directed by Alex Halligey

Assistant Directed by Baeletsi Tsatsi

Venue: Bertrams, Lorentzville and Judith's Paarl public spaces

Documentary videography by Palesa Shongwe

Documentary editing by Dominique Little

Produced as part of Alex Halligey's doctoral research through the University of Cape Town with the Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies and the African Centre for Cities

Funded by the National Research Foundation, the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust and the National Arts Council

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Lindiwe Matshikiza, photograph by Baeletsi Tsatsi

Toni Morkel, photograph by Baeletsi Tsatsi

Baeletsi Tsatsi, photograph by Alex Halligey

Selected Earlier Theatre & Performance Projects

Professional 

Museum Isindao

Storytelling performance written and performed by Baeletsi Tsatsi, directed by Alex Halligey

 March 2015

POPart Theatre and Festival of Fame

Resound

Live performance and installation devised and performed by Alex Halligey

 September 2014

Live Art Festival, Institute for Creative Arts, Cape Town

Madame Touxfloue

Stage play written and directed by Beren Belknap, Alex Halligey performing as 'Tilly' and puppeteering.

 September 2011,   February 2012

Out the Box Festival and Artscape Arena Theatre, Cape Town

Other People's Lives

Stage play by Amy Jephta, staged reading directed by Alex Halligey.

November 2011

Artscape Arena Theatre, Cape Town

Perfect Wedding

Stage play by Robin Hawdon, directed by Alan Swerdlow, Alex Halligey performing as 'Rachel'.

March to April 2011

Theatre on the Bay, Cape Town and Monte Casino Main Theatre, Johannesburg

The Taming of the Shrew

Stage play by Shakespeare, directed by Roy Sargent, Alex Halligey performing as 'Bianca'.

January to February 2011

Maynardville Open Air Theatre, Cape Town

The Night Doctor

Stage play by Juliet Jenkin, directed by Liz Mills, Alex Halligey performing as 'Catherine'.

October 2010

Artscape Arena Theatre, Cape Town

Umsintsi

Stage play devised by Alex Halligey, Michael Inglis, Sylvia Mngxekeza, Mandiseli Maseti and Lulama Masimini, directed by Alex Halligey and Michael Ingils.

March 2010

Out the Box Festival and Artscape Arena Theatre, Cape Town

The Tempest

Stage play by Shakespeare, directed by Janice Honeyman, Alex Halligey performing as understudy to 'Miranda', chorus member and puppeteering.

January to April 2009

Baxter Main Theatre, Cape Town, The Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon, London and regional tour. Baxter Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company co-production.

Deep Freezing

Stage play by Juliet Jenkin and Frances Slebolepszy, directed by Alex Halligey.

October 2008 to July 2010

The Intimate Theatre, Cape Town, Woordfees (2009), Stellenbosch and the South African National Arts Festival, Makhanda (2009 and 2010).

Venom

October 2008 

Stage play by Juliet Jenkin, co-directed by Alex Halligey and Michael Inglis.

The Intimate Theatre, Cape Town.

Gutman and the Tiger

Stage play directed by Kyla Davis, Alex Halligey performing as 'Eco' and 'The Tiger'.

2008 

Festival of Fame, Johannesburg and greater Johannesburg schools' tour.

Chatter

Stage play by Anton Krueger, directed by Greg Homan, Alex Halligey performing as 'Aimeé'.

2008 

Festival of Fame, Johannesburg and greater Johannesburg schools' tour.

The Boy Who Fell From the Roof

Stage play by Juliet Jenkin, directed by Roy Sargent, Alex Halligey performing as 'George'.

October 2005- October 2007

Artscape Arena Theatre, Cape Town (2005 and 2006); the South African National Arts Festival, Makhanda (2006 and 2007); Hilton Arts Festival, Hilton (2006); Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefess, Outdshoorn (2007); Dublin Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival (2007); Theatre on the Square, Johannesburg (2007).

Breathing Space

Site-specific performance devised by The Mothertongue Project Cape Town and Darling ensemble, directed by Sara Matchett, Alex Halligey co-devsing and performing as 'Susan Marais'.

August 2005

Darling Voorkamer Fees, Darling, Western Cape, South Africa

With Students 

The Children and the Bees

Companion piece to Brundibar, co-devised by Alex Halligey, Frances Slabolepszy, Faniswa Yisa and Magnet Theatre Trainees, directed by Mark Fleishman, assistant  directed by Alex Halligey and Frances Slabolepszy

October 2011

Artscape Main Theatre, Cape Town, produced by the South African Jewish Museum 

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