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[[Graham Weir]] (19**-2020) Actor, singer, playwright.  
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[[Graham Weir]] (1959-2020) Actor, singer, playwright.  
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== Biography ==
 
== Biography ==
  
Born in Scotland, Weir came to South Africa at the age of 5, when his parents settled in Benoni on the East Rand. His sister is the actress and singer [[Christine Weir]]. The Weir siblings had their initial exposure to stage performance with the musical evenings regularly held at their home and the amateur theatre company founded by his parents. His first stage role was in ''[[Oliver Twist]]'' for this group.
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Born in Scotland, Weir came to South Africa at the age of 5, when his parents settled in Benoni on the East Rand. His sister is the actress and singer [[Christine Weir]]. The Weir siblings had their initial exposure to stage performance with the musical evenings regularly held at their home and the amateur theatre company and and  choir founded by his parents. His first stage role was in ''[[Oliver Twist]]'' for this group.
  
Graham studied for a year at [[University of the Witwatersrand School of Dramatic Art|Wits Drama school]] and some time at [[Pretoria Technikon]]. Then he went to England to dodge the draft, before returning to work in theatre in a variety of capacities.
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Graham studied for a year at [[University of the Witwatersrand School of Dramatic Art|Wits Drama school]] and then obtained a National Diploma in Dramatic Art, at the [[Pretoria Technikon]] ([[Tshwane University of Technology]] in 1980. Then he went to England to dodge the draft, before returning to work in theatre in a variety of capacities.
  
Graham passed away in Cape Town of a stroke on 1 December, 2020.  
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Graham passed away in Cape Town of a stroke on 1 December, 2020.
  
 
==Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance==
 
==Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance==
  
He began his career as a performer with [[PACT]] in 1981, later becoming a free-lance artist.  
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He began his career as a performer with [[PACT]] in 1981, appearing in 24 productions for them, before becoming a free-lance stage, film and TV artist.  
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===Stage work===
  
In 1985 he and his sister founded the hugely successful ''a cappella'' group [[Not the Midnight Mass]], which also featured [[Jenny de Lenta]], [[Alan Glass]] and [[Graham Clarke]].  
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In 1985 he and his sister founded the hugely successful ''a cappella'' group [[Not the Midnight Mass]], which also featured [[Jenny de Lenta]], [[Alan Glass]] and [[Graham Clarke]], performing songs and comedy.  
  
His numerous stage appearances as actor have included roles in ''[[The Dybbuk]]'' 1986, ''[[Macbeth]]'' (as "Ross", 1996), ''[[The Winter's Tale]]'' ([[Maynardville]].  
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His numerous stage appearances as actor have included roles in ''[[The Dybbuk]]'' (1986), ''[[Macbeth]]'' (as "Ross", 1996), ''[[Lost in the Stars]]'' (199&/9?), ''[[The Winter's Tale]]'' ([[Maynardville]]),  ''[[Jesus Hopped The 'A' Train]]'' (2003), ''[[Waiting for Godot]]'', ''[[The Blue Iris]]'' (2012).  
  
 
Roles in musical productions include shows like ''[[Jesus Christ Superstar]]'' (Durban [[Playhouse]], 1991), ''[[Sweeney Todd]]'', ''[[Queen at the Opera]]'', ''[[The Shakespeare Revue]]'' (1997)
 
Roles in musical productions include shows like ''[[Jesus Christ Superstar]]'' (Durban [[Playhouse]], 1991), ''[[Sweeney Todd]]'', ''[[Queen at the Opera]]'', ''[[The Shakespeare Revue]]'' (1997)
  
During the course of his 40 year long career he wrote, directed  and performed in a number of his own plays and musical pieces,  among them ''[[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), ''[[Dead Yellow Sands]]'' (2016).
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During the course of his 40 year long career he wrote, directed  and performed in a number of his own plays and musical pieces,  among them ''[[BoBo]]'' (a play for solo performance, 1987); ''[[Barney is Making a Party]]'' (a play for 3 actors, 1988); ''[[Psychedelic Cowboy and Sister Nun]]'' (a musical for 6 performers, 1992); ''[[Brief Descriptions 2]]'' (a play for one man, 1994); ''[[Graham Weir's Elastic Band]]'' (1997); ''[[Tales from a Dark Corner]]'' (a one man drama, 1998); ''[[Craneman]]'' (a play for 3 actors and a 3-piece band, 2001); ''[[Letters from Patient Essop]]'' (one man musical with small band, 2002/8); ''[[How Graham Weir Accidentally Managed to Stay Alive]]'' (one man comedy, 2005-6); ''[[Songs of Hanging and Redemption]]'' (a cabaret for 3 musicians, 2008); ''[[Noah of Cape Town]]'' (an ''a capella'' musical for 16 actor/singers, 2005/2009) and ''[[Dead Yellow Sands]]'' (a play for solo performance, 2015).
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===Film and TV work===
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He appeared in numerous feature films and TV dramas and series, including:
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'''In Film''': 
  
As a film actor he appeared in numerous feature films and TV dramas and series,  
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''[[Van der Merwe P.I.]]'' ("Rocco", 1985),  ''[[An African Dream]]'' (Lout 1 ("Ned"), 1987); ''[[Merchants of War]]'' ("Vaisal", 1989); ''[[In the Name of Blood]]'' ("Art", 1989); ''[[Rising Storm]]'' ("Gerard de la Fanool", 1989); ''[[Final Cut]]'' ("Snuff Movie Director", 1989); ''[[Burndown]]'' ("Freddie", 1990); ''[[Return to Justice]]'' ("Jackal". 1990); ''[[Thieves of Fortune]]'' ("Pirana", 1990); ''[[Pursuit]]'' ("Gen. Carlos Da Costa", 1991); ''[[Cyborg Cop]]'' (Local 1: "Jive", 1993);  ''[[From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter]]''[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/From_Dusk_till_Dawn] ("Lazaro", 1999); ''[[Aces]]'' (Short film, 1999); ''[[Boesman and Lena]]'' ("Recycle man", 2000),  ''[[Mama Africa]]'' (in the segment ''[[Raya]]'', 2002); ''[[The Piano Player]]'' ("Sick Man", 2002);  ''[[Charlie]]'' ("Barrack Sergeant",  2004); 
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''[[Goodbye Bafana]]'' ("Tough warder, 2007), ''[[Spud]]'' ("Viking", 2010), ''[[Once Upon a Road Trip]]'' ("James", 2013), ''[[Spud 3: Learning to Fly]]'' ("Viking", 2014),  ''[[Bentley]]'',
  
The films include ''[[Boesman and Lena]]'' (2001), ''[[Spud]]'' ("Viking", 2010), ''[[Once Upon a Road Trip]]'' ("James", 2013), ''[[Spud 3]]'' ("Viking", 2014), 
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'''On Television and video''':
  
Television roles include ''[[The Devil's Whore]]'' (2008), ''[[Hotel]]'' ("Oom Dirk",  2016-2017), ''[[Of Kings and Prophets]]'' (), ''[[Black Sails]]'' ("Captain Naft", 2014-5), ''[[Jamillah and Aladdin]]'' (2016), .
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''[[Sentinel]]'' ("Anvil", 1993); ''[[Tropical Heat]]'' ("Ted Waltham", 1993); ''[[The Visual Bible]]'' (Acts, "Bar-Jesus", 1994); ''[[The Adventures of Sinbad]]'' (1997, season 2 episode 11: ''[[The Invaders]]'' - "Ruane")[https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1113848/?ref_=tt_mv];  ''[[Bentley]]'' ("Bentley", 2006); ''[[To Be First]]'' ("David Hume", 2007); ''[[The Devil's Whore]]'' ("Sergeant at Arms", 2008); ''[[Crusoe]]'' ("Rebel Soldier", 2008); ''[[Black Sails]]'' ("Captain Naft", 2014-5), ''[[Jamillah and Aladdin]]'' (2016), ''[[Of Kings and Prophets]]'' (2016); ''[[Hotel]]'' ("Oom Dirk", 2016-2017); ''[[Van der Merwe]]'' ("Doctor", 2017),
Van der Merwe ("Doctor", 2017),
 
Spud 3: Learning to Fly
 
Viking
 
2013Once Upon a Road Trip
 
James
 
2010Spud
 
Viking
 
2008The Devil's Whore (TV Mini-Series)
 
Sergeant at Arms
 
- Episode #1.3 (2008) ... Sergeant at Arms
 
  2008Crusoe (TV Series)
 
Rebel Soldier
 
- Bad Blood (2008) ... Rebel Soldier
 
  2007To Be First (TV Movie)
 
David Hume
 
2007Goodbye Bafana
 
Tough warder
 
2006Bentley (TV Series)
 
Bentley
 
2004Charlie
 
Barrack Sergeant
 
2002The Piano Player
 
Sick Man
 
2002Mama Africa (segment "Raya")
 
2001Raya (Short)
 
2000Boesman and Lena
 
Recycle man
 
1999Aces (Short)
 
1999From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter (Video)
 
Lazaro
 
  1997The Adventures of Sinbad (TV Series)
 
Ruane
 
- The Invaders (1997) ... Ruane
 
1994The Visual Bible: Acts (Video)
 
Bar-Jesus
 
1993Tropical Heat (TV Series)
 
Ted Waltham
 
- Slumming It (1993) ... Ted Waltham
 
1993Cyborg Cop
 
Local 1 Jive
 
1993Sentinel (TV Movie)
 
Anvil (1993)
 
1991Pursuit
 
Gen. Carlos Da Costa
 
1990Return to Justice
 
Jackal
 
1990Thieves of Fortune
 
Pirana
 
1990Burndown
 
Freddie
 
1989Final Cut
 
Snuff Movie Director
 
1989Rising Storm
 
Gerard de la Fanool
 
1989In the Name of Blood
 
Art
 
1989Merchants of War
 
Vaisal
 
1987An African Dream
 
Lout 1 (Ned)
 
1985Van der Merwe P.I.
 
Rocco
 
  
 
== Awards, etc ==
 
== Awards, etc ==
  
The 1993-1994 National [[Vita Award]] for Best Playwright was awarded to him for ''[[Brief Descriptions]]'' II and he received two  [[Fleur du Cap Award]]s, one for ''[[Not the Midnight Mass]]'' in 2009 and a second in 2016  for ''[[Dead Yellow Sands]]''.
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In 1991 he received the [[Evening Herald]] Award for Best Cabaret Performance for ''[[Not the Midnight Mass]]'' and in 1992 the DALRO Award for Best Cabaret Performance (also for ''[[Not the Midnight Mass]]'').
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The 1993-1994 both regional and national [[Vita Award]]s for Best Playwright of the Year and Best Play Script of the Year were awarded to him for ''[[Brief Descriptions 2]]''  
  
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He subsequently received two  [[Fleur du Cap Award]]s, one for ''[[Not the Midnight Mass]]'' in 2009 and a second in 2016  for ''[[Dead Yellow Sands]]''.
  
 
== Sources ==
 
== Sources ==
  
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https://samanthabernhardi.com/site/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/graham-weir-sbam-cv-may2018.pdf
  
 
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0918590/
 
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0918590/
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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1113848/?ref_=tt_mv
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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0197311/
  
 
''[[The Dybbuk]]'' programme, 1986.
 
''[[The Dybbuk]]'' programme, 1986.

Latest revision as of 06:23, 20 December 2020

Graham Weir (1959-2020) Actor, singer, playwright.

BEING EDITED

Biography

Born in Scotland, Weir came to South Africa at the age of 5, when his parents settled in Benoni on the East Rand. His sister is the actress and singer Christine Weir. The Weir siblings had their initial exposure to stage performance with the musical evenings regularly held at their home and the amateur theatre company and and choir founded by his parents. His first stage role was in Oliver Twist for this group.

Graham studied for a year at Wits Drama school and then obtained a National Diploma in Dramatic Art, at the Pretoria Technikon (Tshwane University of Technology in 1980. Then he went to England to dodge the draft, before returning to work in theatre in a variety of capacities.

Graham passed away in Cape Town of a stroke on 1 December, 2020.

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

He began his career as a performer with PACT in 1981, appearing in 24 productions for them, before becoming a free-lance stage, film and TV artist.

Stage work

In 1985 he and his sister founded the hugely successful a cappella group Not the Midnight Mass, which also featured Jenny de Lenta, Alan Glass and Graham Clarke, performing songs and comedy.

His numerous stage appearances as actor have included roles in The Dybbuk (1986), Macbeth (as "Ross", 1996), Lost in the Stars (199&/9?), The Winter's Tale (Maynardville), Jesus Hopped The 'A' Train (2003), Waiting for Godot, The Blue Iris (2012).

Roles in musical productions include shows like Jesus Christ Superstar (Durban Playhouse, 1991), Sweeney Todd, Queen at the Opera, The Shakespeare Revue (1997)

During the course of his 40 year long career he wrote, directed and performed in a number of his own plays and musical pieces, among them BoBo (a play for solo performance, 1987); Barney is Making a Party (a play for 3 actors, 1988); Psychedelic Cowboy and Sister Nun (a musical for 6 performers, 1992); Brief Descriptions 2 (a play for one man, 1994); Graham Weir's Elastic Band (1997); Tales from a Dark Corner (a one man drama, 1998); Craneman (a play for 3 actors and a 3-piece band, 2001); Letters from Patient Essop (one man musical with small band, 2002/8); How Graham Weir Accidentally Managed to Stay Alive (one man comedy, 2005-6); Songs of Hanging and Redemption (a cabaret for 3 musicians, 2008); Noah of Cape Town (an a capella musical for 16 actor/singers, 2005/2009) and Dead Yellow Sands (a play for solo performance, 2015).

Film and TV work

He appeared in numerous feature films and TV dramas and series, including:

In Film:

Van der Merwe P.I. ("Rocco", 1985), An African Dream (Lout 1 ("Ned"), 1987); Merchants of War ("Vaisal", 1989); In the Name of Blood ("Art", 1989); Rising Storm ("Gerard de la Fanool", 1989); Final Cut ("Snuff Movie Director", 1989); Burndown ("Freddie", 1990); Return to Justice ("Jackal". 1990); Thieves of Fortune ("Pirana", 1990); Pursuit ("Gen. Carlos Da Costa", 1991); Cyborg Cop (Local 1: "Jive", 1993); From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter[1] ("Lazaro", 1999); Aces (Short film, 1999); Boesman and Lena ("Recycle man", 2000), Mama Africa (in the segment Raya, 2002); The Piano Player ("Sick Man", 2002); Charlie ("Barrack Sergeant", 2004); Goodbye Bafana ("Tough warder, 2007), Spud ("Viking", 2010), Once Upon a Road Trip ("James", 2013), Spud 3: Learning to Fly ("Viking", 2014), Bentley,

On Television and video:

Sentinel ("Anvil", 1993); Tropical Heat ("Ted Waltham", 1993); The Visual Bible (Acts, "Bar-Jesus", 1994); The Adventures of Sinbad (1997, season 2 episode 11: The Invaders - "Ruane")[2]; Bentley ("Bentley", 2006); To Be First ("David Hume", 2007); The Devil's Whore ("Sergeant at Arms", 2008); Crusoe ("Rebel Soldier", 2008); Black Sails ("Captain Naft", 2014-5), Jamillah and Aladdin (2016), Of Kings and Prophets (2016); Hotel ("Oom Dirk", 2016-2017); Van der Merwe ("Doctor", 2017),

Awards, etc

In 1991 he received the Evening Herald Award for Best Cabaret Performance for Not the Midnight Mass and in 1992 the DALRO Award for Best Cabaret Performance (also for Not the Midnight Mass).

The 1993-1994 both regional and national Vita Awards for Best Playwright of the Year and Best Play Script of the Year were awarded to him for Brief Descriptions 2

He subsequently received two Fleur du Cap Awards, one for Not the Midnight Mass in 2009 and a second in 2016 for Dead Yellow Sands.

Sources

https://samanthabernhardi.com/site/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/graham-weir-sbam-cv-may2018.pdf

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0918590/

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1113848/?ref_=tt_mv

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0197311/

The Dybbuk programme, 1986.

"Akteur Graham Weir sterf skielik", Die Burger 2 December, 2020 (P. 3)

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