Alex McCarthy is a migrant to London from South Africa whose work has mainly focused on exploring themes of globalisation, migrancy and inequality by coming in from ‘the side’.
He graduated from UCT’s Theatre and Performance: Theatre Making program in 2014, receiving the Mavis Taylor award for theatre-making. With Callum Tilbury, he won the Best Writing award for Uhm…(2014) at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival Student Festival. Uhm… transferred to Artscape Arena Theatre (2014) and the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK, 2015). Alex was Resident Playwright at the Baxter Theatre Centre in 2015. As part of his residency, he was dramaturge to Mdu Kweyama for Most Honest Man (2015) at the Baxter Theatre Centre’s Flipside Theatre. Also as part of his residency, he wrote and directed The White Man’s Guide to Sacrifice (2015) for the Baxter Theatre Centre’s Golden Arrow Studio. In 2015 he wrote and directed Fog Ducking (2015) for AFDA Cape Town’s live performance department. Most recently, Alex wrote and directed Cannibal Country (2016) at the Alexander Upstairs in Cape Town. In 2016 he participated in the National Theatre's Introduction to Playwrighting course and was short listed for the Old Vic 12. Alex graduated from the Soho Theatre's Writer's Lab in 2017. He graduated the MA Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2019.
Resident Artist for Playwrighting - Baxter Theatre Centre
Jan 2015 - Jan 2016
Live Performance Contract Lecturer - AFDA- Cape Town
Mar 2015 - Nov 2015
Writing for Stage and Broadcast Media - MA - Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
Sep 2016 - Jul 2019
Theatre and Performance (Theatre Making) - BA - University of Cape Town
Feb 2011 - Nov 2014
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