Irish comic Dylan Moran to wow audiences in Grahamstown

2015-03-22 06:00

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Fans of Irish comedian and actor Dylan Moran were buzzing on Tuesday after programme highlights for the 2015 National Arts Festival were announced at a press conference at Liliesleaf Farm in Rivonia, Johannesburg.

The funnyman, known for his hilarious stand-up and Bafta award-winning UK television series, Black Books, will be performing at the world-famous annual arts festival in Grahamstown this year.

As usual, the festival will feature the very best in theatre, film, visual art, music, dance, performance and public art. The festival’s artistic director Ismail Mahomed says this year will be all about satire and freedom of expression.

“The arts need to challenge and provoke,” he says. “South Africa’s satirists, cartoonists, commentators and court jesters now need, more than ever, to be given the opportunity to be the public voice, the conscience, of the nation.”

One of South Africa’s leading satirists, Pieter-Dirk Uys turns 70 this year, and his legacy will be celebrated as part of the festival.

Four of his productions will be staged: the world premieres of African Times and The Echo of a Noise; as well as his cabaret, Never too Naked; and a once-off presentation of A Part Hate A Part Love. Three of Uys’ films will feature at the film festival: Farce About Uys; Adapt or Dye; and Skating on Thin Uys, which will be attended by honoured guest Evita Bezuidenhout.

As always, the Standard Bank Jazz Festival will feature some of South Africa’s leading musical talents. Expect African jazz greats such as Carlo Mombelli, Pops Mohamed and Dave Reynolds, Mandla Mlangeni, Vuma Levin, and former Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner Kesivan Naidoo.

Festivalgoers can expect the world premieres of three new productions, including three revivals of popular plays from the past. This includes Born in the RSA, Barney Simon’s classic play, which has been brought back to the stage to mark the 20th anniversary of his death. It is directed by Thoko Ntshinga and stars Faniswa Yisa and Emily Child.

City Press will be hosting post-production discussions after some of the major plays, where the audience can ask questions, interact with the cast, and debate various themes in the plays.

Start booking your accommodation now. You won’t want to miss the festival this year.

» The 2015 National Arts Festival runs from July 2 to July 12 in Grahamstown. For more info go to

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