Neil McCarthy


Through the 80s and into the 90s, Cape Town born Neil McCarthy built a career in theatre; acting, directing and writing plays, based mainly at The Market Theatre in Johannesburg, and occasionally touring with international hits such as Born in the RSA and Black Dog/Inj’emnyama.

His work, such as Stormriders, The Good Soldier Svejk, Mojo and The Great Outdoors, won multiple awards for both writing and direction. Notable performances include Othello, Another Country, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hedda Gabler and the title role in Richard II.

During the 90s, his professional focus shifted to television, where he co-wrote the sit com Going Up, presented the first few years of magazine show Top Billing and was a creator and head writer on daily drama Isidingo. He has headed the writing teams on several TV dramas such as Mzansi, Gaz’lam, Umlilo and Rhythm City.

In 2010, he relocated to London for three years, where he was a senior creative executive for TV production company Freemantle Media.

Tartuffe is the first time he has worked on stage in a major role for several years.