THIRD WORLD BUNFIGHT presents the diverse works of South African artist, Brett Bailey:
theatre productions, installations, operas, house music shows, and site-specific performances.
His idiosyncratic, iconoclastic works focus a probing lens on the world we live in; in particular the post-colonial landscape of Africa, and the historical and contemporary relations between Africa and the West.

‘Brett Bailey is our greatest theatre director, hauntologist, mesmeriser, an artist who returns us over and over again to an Africa that is as obscene as it is elegiac, as deranged as it is transfigural. Our Rimbaud in Africa – trafficker in the illicit, unconscious, sublime – Bailey returns us to the complexity of a continent which remains perversely resistant to categorization.’
– ASHRAF JAMAL, SLIP, 2012

‘The country’s most advanced theatre company…’
– MAIL & GUARDIAN, 2011

  • MACBETH
    “The South African Macbeth of Brett Bailey is bleak, iconoclastic and fierce. A scathing satire of neo-colonialism in the form of an opera. An event. A topical, burning opera.” - NAMASAYA, PARIS
  • EXHIBIT B
    “Exhibit B is an extraordinary art installation, both performance and exhibition… that is a bleak education, a heavily shaded light of illumination, and a warning.” - HERALD SCOTLAND “an extraordinary achievement” - PETER BROOK
  • THE RAFT
    Our next work, investigating the horrific limbo of refugees fleeing African and Middle Eastern states in fragile vessels on the Mediterranean Sea; connecting with the 200th anniversary of Gericault's romantic masterpiece, 'The Raft of the Medusa'.
  • ARCHIVE
    Our past works, with info, reviews, photos, videos, texts etc.

THIRD WORLD BUNFIGHT

Non-Profit Organisation: 023- 773 NPO
Public Benefit Organisation: 930041187
P.O. Box 50721, Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002, South Africa
E: thirdworldbunfight@artslink.co.za
T: + 27 (0) 82 372 9869
Skype: Barbara.mathers

OUR PRODUCERS

UK & NORTH AMERICA:

Jan Ryan
UK Arts International
T: +44 (0)7778 168805
E: janryan@ukarts.com

EUROPE:

Gie Baguet
Frans Brood Productions
T: +32 (0)9234 1212
E: gie@fransbrood.com

AUSTRALASIA:

Ian Scobie
Arts Projects Australia
T: +61 8 8271 1488
M: + 61 417 817 858
E: iscobie@artsprojects.com.au

BREAKING NEWS

MACBETH DATES:

September 10 & 11
Gwangju, South Korea – Opening Festival of the Asian Culture Complex Arts Theatre
September 15, 16, 18 & 19
Brisbane Festival
September 24 – 26
Hamburg – Kampnagel Internationale Kulturfabrik
October 4 & 5
Buenos Aires – FIBA
October 9 & 10
Santiago de Chile

EXHIBIT B DATES:

July 14-19
Galway International Arts Festival

September 10-12
Gwangju, South Korea – Opening Festival of the Asian Culture Complex Arts Theatre

WORKSHOP:

June/July
Brett gives week long workshop at La MaMa Umbria International Symposium for Directors, near Spoleto, Italy – see here for details

FACEBOOK UPDATES

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Third World BunfightThursday, June 25th, 2015 at 6:10am
MACBETH dates announced at Brisbane Festival:
15, 16, 18, 19 September
http://www.brisbanefestival.com.au/
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Third World BunfightThursday, June 18th, 2015 at 10:11am
From MICHAEL SALU, whose review of EXHIBIT B (to be found on the EXHIBIT B page on our website)is one of the most nuanced written:
"I had a wide ranging chat with seminal SA photographer Pieter Hugo for American Suburb X, during which we discuss 'xenophobic attacks', Nollywood, the commodity of 'blackness' and even Brett Bailey's Exhibit B all wrapped in a swathe of his work."

http://www.americansuburbx.com/2015/06/a-conversation-with-pieter-hugo.html?fb_ref=4d31ce4c7d5b4875bd82b15e49995f36-Twitter
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Third World BunfightMonday, May 25th, 2015 at 3:25am
Only a month left to enter this competition. Great opportunity for international exposure for anything from small-scale experimental music theatre works to large scale operas. And a real hunger for works from Africa.
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Third World BunfightThursday, May 21st, 2015 at 7:14am
More than 300 slavery and migration scholars respond to those advocating for military force against migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean. This is no slave trade. Where is the moral justification for actions that cost lives?

https://www.opendemocracy.net/beyondslavery/twisting-%E2%80%9Clessons-of-history%E2%80%9D-to-excuse-unjustifiable-violence-mediterranean-refugee-c#.VVxltHK9kj8.twitter
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Third World BunfightWednesday, May 20th, 2015 at 6:09am
Really interesting article on EXHIBIT B - read it here or on our website:
http://howlround.com/the-long-shadow-of-marble-busts
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