Rudi Malcolm, one of Cape Town’s young and up coming actors has been working hard at building his career .
This 23 year old actor is by far one of the most multidimensional actors I have yet seen. Soon after graduating at the University of Cape Town in 2010 , completing his training in BA theatre and performance, Acting , he started working as a professional in the industry. His dedication to his craft has made this young actor an asset to any production. He was first seen in Adam Small’s Kanna, Hy Kô Hystoe playing the role of Toefie in February of 2008. Under the direction of Sandra Temmingh, he quickly learned the ins and outs of the stage.
Later that same year, Temmingh cast him as Romeo in a raw, gripping Afrikaans adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Rudi filled the dynamic role with subtlety and detail. In March of 2009, award winning director Christopher Weare offered this young actor the opportunity of playing the money-minded MacTrev in the first ever staging of Pieter-Dirk Uys’ MacBeki, a farce which drew parallels between former president Thabo Mbeki and Shakespeare’s Macbeth. In December of that year, the success of this production led to it being invited to be performed at the annual International Theatre Festival of Kerela in India, where the play was revered as one of the best at the festival. Starting 2010, Rudi landed a role in PG Du Plessis’ Siener In Die Suburbs, again being directed by Sandra Temmingh. He had the challenge of playing the controversial Jakes. Danie Botha, a writer for the Fleur Du Cap Theatre Awards goes to describe, “Rudi staan sy man as Jakes, speel dit tot ‘n groot hoogte…”
Two months later, Christopher Weare put Rudi in the shoes of Melchior, the leading male in Frank Wedekind’s Spring Awakening, a story of young teenagers discovering their sexuality. Megan Choritz of Megan’s Head said, “Melchior was my favourite. He gave a really tempered, interesting and natural performance, and elicited true sympathy from me.” In June/July of 2010, with a collaborative effort from cast of three, took a devised production, System DOP, to the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. There the play was received with great intrigue and praise. It went on to win two awards, an Ovation Award and the Silver Award. Starting 2011, Rudi played in Die Vreemdeling, which opened Magnet Theatre’s new space in Observatory. The show had an extremely successful run and toured to Woordfees in Stellenbosch, KKNK in Oudshoorn and to the St. Anne’s Cultural Festival in Pietermaritzburg. In May, he landed a role in 20th Century Fox’s Chronicle, a Hollywood blockbuster set for release in February 2012.
Rudi is represented by Samantha Benhardi Artist Management.