Graham Weir

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(19**-) Actor, singer, playwright.

Biography

Born in Scotland, came to South Africa at the age of 5, when his parents settled in Benoni.

Training

Studied for a year at Wits Drama school, then some time at Pretoria Technikon. Then went to England to dodge the draft, before returning to work in theatre in a variety of capacities.


Career

He began to work for PACT in 1981.

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

First stage role in Oliver Twist for his parents’ theatre group in Benoni. He and his sister Christine Weir founded the hugely successful a cappella group Not the Midnight Mass in 1985(?*).

He starred in The Dybbuk 1986, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical Jesus Christ Superstar at the Durban Playhouse in 1991, Macbeth (as Ross, 1996), The Winter's Tale (Maynardville. The Shakespeare Revue.

He wrote, directed and performed in a number of plays over the years, including Tales from a Dark Corner, Letters from Patient Essop (Baxter Theatre, 19**), Psychedelic Cowboy (Baxter Theatre, 19**), Sister Nun (Baxter, 19**), Jesus hopped the A-train (Baxter Theatre, 19**), How Graham Weir Accidentally Managed to Stay Alive (Kalk Bay Theatre, 2005), Noah (with Megan Choritz), Artscape New Writer’s Programme 2005, Songs of Hangings and Redemptions (directed by Megan Choritz, Kalk Bay Theatre, 2006).

Awards, etc

The 1993-1994 National Vita Award for Best Playwright was awarded to him for Brief Descriptions II.

Sources

The Dybbuk programme, 1986.

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