Dead Yellow Sands
The original text
Completed as a series of sketches at the end of 2014, the one-person play has an actor tell the stories he has lived. According to Weir: "With this work, I really wanted to examine the essence of theatre. 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."
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
2015: Performed by Weir, with direction by Bo Petersen and lighting design by Darron Araujo (from a lighting concept by Guy de Lancey), the play premiered in 2015 at the Alexander Bar Theatre, Cape Town, followed by a short successful season at the 969 festivals in Johannesburg and another run at the Alexander Bar Theatre.
2016: Played at the Hilton Festival, Kwazulu Natal, then opened at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival in July, thereafter going on to the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio stage for a limited season from 31 October to 26 November.
The play won the year's Fleur du Cap Awards for Best Performance in a One-Person Show (Weir) and Best Lighting Design (De Lancey).
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