Solo plays are a sin­gu­lar de­light

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itics. Politi­cians can de­stroy the in­di­vid­ual – and hu­man­ity. That’s al­ways there.”

The play won four 2011 kykNET Fiës­tas – best ac­tress, pro­duc­tion, de­sign, and best solo show.

Gra­ham Weir’s Dead Yel­low Sands is on in the Golden Ar­row Stu­dio from Oc­to­ber 31 to Novem­ber 26.

Af­ter pre­mier­ing at Alexan­der Up­stairs, last April, the play nabbed Fleur du Cap Awards for best per­for­mance in a one per­son show and best light­ing de­sign. More ac­claim fol­lowed with sold out per­for­mances on the main pro­gramme of this year’s Na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val and rave re­views.

Writ­ten and per­formed by Weir, it is di­rected by Bo Petersen. It’s a com­pen­dium of sto­ries – in­spired by peo­ple and places that Weir has in­ter­acted with in his life. It’s like watch­ing a se­ries of paint­ings by Rem­brandt, Leonardo or Ver­meer come to life– with shad­ows and light shroud­ing and re­veal­ing Weir as story teller. The first story is set in Benoni where Weir grew up. Mov­ing from child­hood, he moves into “early adult­hood and be­yond”.

“In some ways the ac­tion of the play cov­ers the seven ages of man as de­scribed by Shake­speare’s me­lan­choly Jac­ques,” said Weir.

“Each char­ac­ter is a small spark of light that glows for a short mo­ment in time and fades into the dark­ness once more and it is the brav­ery and re­silience with which each char­ac­ter ac­cepts this fad­ing of the light, and the kind­ness that they ex­pe­ri­ence from oth­ers at the time of this fad­ing, that is the core of Dead Yel­low Sands.”

Die On­tel­bare 48 ( The Count­less 48) is at the Flip­side from Mon­day to Satur­day.

Fiësta and Stan­dard Bank Ova­tion-win­ner Wes­sel Pre­to­rius per­forms and is in the di­rec­tors seat of this “satir­i­cal drama” which is set in in a school hall in a rural town. The Sound of Mu­sic is be­ing screened, but a mur­derer in the au­di­ence has his own ideas.

Tick­ets for As Die Broek Pas and Die On­tel­bare 48 range from R80-R120, with a dis­counted price of R150 for pa­trons who at­tend both pro­duc­tions. The dis­counted R150 ticket is avail­able only at the Bax­ter’s box of­fice. Tick­ets for Dead Yel­low Sands are R90-R110. Book for all the shows at Com­puticket

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