2020

Queen Sono- First African Original Netflix

Vaneshran plays Ulrich, spy and tactical mentor and friend to Shandu

2020

Speak The Word

music and lyrics by Vaneshran

2019

a moving, multicultural feast that weaved a story of two men and one shared love in New York. There was tension, conflict, and yet above all brotherhood. Everything was told through a medley of crisp song and sprightly movement, a sharing of tones through the textures of a steel-string guitar and a nylon-string guitar. Every moment of the performance was well orchestrated to achieve maximum effect. There was Indian chanting and yoga-like rhythms along with light shared from one man to another. Words consisted of texts from Shakespeare to popular songs. The audience was engaged in part of the performance, and everyone I spoke to afterward confirmed having a deeply satisfying experience. I know I did. - Professor Gregory Tague, St Francis College

Songs Of Storymen - Johannesburg

2019

South Africa

By Vaneshram Arumugam

2018

Alpha

Collaborating Artist and performer. Multimedia, multi-genre installation that brought together talents from Holland, Belgium, USA and South Africa for the Vrystaat Festival, 2018, Bloemfontein

1/4

2018

2016

Robben Island Bible

The story of Shakespeare’s works smuggled onto Robben Island and circulating amongst the top political prisoners there including Mandela and Sisulu and becoming part of South Africa’s story of Freedom. V conceived, produced and performs the lead role of Sunny Venkatratnam

2016

2016

French/Belgian /SA co -production. Vaneshran plays Kapoor, owner of the town’s store.

2016

The Last Face with Charlize Theron & Sean Penn

2015

Mill Sessions

Produced and directed Steve Newman, making a special appearance with  Poetry and Harmonica

2015

Dominion

SyFy Channel plays Pearson, not a nice guy

2015

Urban Death

Physical theatre style unlike anything Cape Town audiences have seen before

Producer. 

2015

Vaneshran with daughter Kaliya (15yrs old)

2014

2013

 

Actorholic

Producer, writer, lead actor.

2013

The Gathering (NYC)

Maroney Theatre, Brooklyn, NYC

1/4

2013

Vaneshran Arumugam in Performance at the Ford Foundation, New York City

In 2012, Vaneshran joined South Africa’s major Performing talents in Music, Dance and Theatre to celebrate the South African Story of Liberation and the ANC’s 100th birthday. Stars included the late Nomhle Nkonyeni and Ray Phiri, Vusi Mahlasela, Judith Sepuma, Simphiwe Dana, Vuyani Dance Theatre, Karen Zoid, Victor Masondo and Khaya Mahlangu and many more.

1/1

2012

Tshihumbudzo: Our Story, Our future

2011

Midsummer Nights Dream

 

2011

All in One, Fugard Theatre, Cape Town, Producer, Director

2011

90 Plein Street III

 Vaneshran plays Leslie, bodyguard love interest to the President

2009 

Leonardo

2008

Othello

2008

Cissie

1/12

Cissie`s story is a way to think through the struggle for memory and history in South Africa. Through monologue, shadow and poetry, the lost world of Cissie`s home, District Six, is recreated and, with it, the terrible poignancy of today`s empty landscape. Vaneshran Arumugam’s performance confirms why he is one of the country’s most talented actors.

2007

Pondo Bicycle

2008

I now pronounce you Black and White

2006

 

First Black Hamlet at Stratford-upon-Avon

Vaneshran Arumugam is a quite magnificent Hamlet. In the opening scenes he is distanced, withdrawn, underpowered. So much so, you wonder what’s going on. He doesn’t allow us in. Then, as the drama unfolds, so he winds up; as he becomes angrier so he becomes more vulnerable. This muscular and physical actor becomes bigger, embracing us in his frustration. His physicality is conscious but never self-conscious; it’s wonderfully contained and poised. The Hamlet tellingly interrupts his Tai Chi to ponder the question – to be or not to be? I swear there were often real sparks flying around the acting space -  Reviewsgate 04/05/2006

Michael Billington review of Hamlet 2006

Top Pick of Hamlets through the last 45 decades

1/13
Hamlet

2006

Imagine... being Hamlet

(BBC Series) 

2005

Jesus Hopped the A Train

Angel Cruz, Puerto Rican New Yorker on Riker’s Island

2004

Antigone

In a new version - raw, colloquial, yet poetic - written especially for this South African début, international award-winning director Sean Mathias directs John Kani and Vaneshran Arumugam in a production that is modernist and encompasses many elements of a third-millennium life in a third-world country. It is a potent and visceral experience that should appeal to a contemporary audience universally

2004

Gums & Noses

Vaneshran plays Martin opposite longtime friend, Antony Coleman

2001 - 2006

 

SOS

etv

 

1997

Streaks

First Indian lead character on SA TV. SABC1 Vaneshran plays Mac, hairdresser apprentice

1998

Suburban Bliss II & III

 SABC 3. V stars as accountant, Pravin

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