Graham Weir at Baxter

2016-11-01 06:00
Graham Weir             PHOTO: Jesse Kramer

Graham Weir PHOTO: Jesse Kramer

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Dead Yellow Sands is a return to minimalism: an actor lit with sophisticated simple lighting telling the stories he has lived.

The production, starring Wynberg’s Graham Weir, is currently on stage at the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio following its sold-out run on the main programme of the Grahamstown National Arts Festival earlier this year. It has won the Fleur du Cap Best Performance in a One-person Show and Best Lighting Design awards.

The autobiographical one-hander is written and performed by Graham, with direction by Bo Petersen and lighting design by Darron Araujo from a lighting concept by Guy de Lancey.

Bo and Graham have teamed up before in Graham’s self-penned works Tales from a Dark Corner and Letters from Patient Essop, and when Bo directed Graham’s legendary a capella group Not the Midnight Mass.

“With this work I really wanted to examine the essence of theatre,” Graham says. “I wanted one of the characters to be lit so that he was like a floating head, another character (a blind man) to be lit so that the audience experienced the blindness he talked about, and so on.”

Since its premier last year the play has received glowing reviews.

The sketches for the play were written over the last few months of 2014.

“When I completed them I wasn’t sure if they were even pieces that would work on the stage or not,” Graham explains. “I thought that they might be something one would sit and read. I contacted Bo and after reading them, her response was positive and encouraging. She was excited about the theatrical potential of the work.”

Graham is a world-class performer with extensive experience in the industry, having appeared on stage, in films and on television with a number of accolades under his belt. V Dead Yellow Sands runs until Saturday 26 November, with matinees on Saturdays at 16:00. There is an age restriction of 12 years and parental guidance is advised. Tickets cost R110 from Computicket.

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