We are deeply saddened to learn that our great friend and actor, Russell Kiefel, passed away yesterday. Russell was very much at the heart of Belvoir’s work for three decades. Through his collaborations with Neil Armfield and the greats of Company B, he was part of many of our finest shows. We remember him with love.
Of the news, our Artistic Director, Eamon Flack, says: “Russell’s theatre home was Belvoir. He is one of our legends, and his rough beauty as an actor and a person has inscribed itself in the ethos of the company.
“Russell’s last performance for us was in The Blind Giant is Dancing earlier this year, a play he performed in three times over three decades. The original production of that play at Lighthouse in 1983 pulled together the artists and ethos that later formed the foundations of Company B. Russell was part of that production, and of the legendary 1996 revival.
“He was one of the true stalwarts of our company and our profession. He is a great loss.”
Russell’s long list of credits for Belvoir include Ray’s Tempest, Stuff Happens, The Alchemist, The Tempest, Hamlet, The Power of Yes, The Spook, Run Rabbit Run, and many more.
Russell graduated from NIDA in 1974, and made his film debut in Gillian Armstrong’s 1977 film The Singer and the Dancer. His screen credits include such Australian classics as Breaker Morant, Children of the Revolution, Radiance, Dogwatch and Fresh Air.
Along with Belvoir, Russell regularly appeared on stage for Sydney Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare, Griffin Theatre Company, Queensland Theatre Company and State Theatre Company of South Australia.
We miss him already.