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[[Paul Slabolepszy]] (1948-). Actor, Playwright, Screenwriter, Director.
  
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== Biography ==
  
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Born in Bolton, England in 1948, his family emigrated to South Africa when Paul was aged 3. He then grew up in a number of small towns around South Africa, including Modderfontein, Witbank and Musina.
  
(1948-). Actor.  Born in Bolton, England to an English  mother and a Polish refugee father. The family then emigrated to South Africa, where he grew up in  (now known as  Musina), Polokwane and Witbank, going to school at the College Of The Little Flower in Polokwane.
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Paul lives in Johannesburg with his wife, Carol. They have three children.
  
He originally wanted to become a radio sports commentator and sports remain a strong element in his writing, and pursue a career in radio. He thus majored in English and Drama at the [[University of Cape Town]], where he decided to focus on stage acting.
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== Training ==
  
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He completed a B.A. (Drama) degree at the [[University of Cape Town]]
  
Studied at UCT. Won the Stuart Leith Best Actor Award 1976.  Performed in People are Living There,
 
Othello Slegs Blankes,
 
Enemy,
 
Romeo and Juliet,
 
Charley’s Aunt (as “Charley”),
 
A Macbeth,
 
Romeo and Juliet (as “Tybalt”),
 
Marowitz Macbeth(?) (as “Macduff”),
 
You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (as Charlie Brown),
 
Siener in die Suburbs (as “Jakes”),
 
Sweet Bird of Youth (as “Chance Wayne”) and in Death of a Salesman (as “Biff”).  (SACD 1973) (SACD 1974) (SACD 1974) (SACD 1978/79) (SACD1979/80)
 
  
(1948-) Actor, playwright, director. Born in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe),  trained at the [[University of Cape Town]], graduating in 1971. A founder member of the [[Space Theatre]] in Cape Town, where he performed in ''[[Enemy]]'', ''[[Othello Slegs Blankes]]'' (?), ''[[People are Living There]]'', ''[[School Play]]'', ''[[Skyvers/Jollers]]'', ''[[Three Cheers for President Charlie]]'', ''[[Tinkle Tinkle]]'' and ''[[Workplay]]''.  ** In 19** he moved to Johannesburg. After the enormous success of his first play (''[[Saturday Night at the Palace]]''  – which was shaped and directed by [[Bobby Heaney]] for a record-breaking run, beginning at the [[Market Theatre]] in 1982), Slabolepszy developed into a prolific writer and one of the country’s most successful playwrights. Very often working with his friend [[Bill Flynn]], he has produced works which range between relatively sombre socio-political explorations of South African society, to light and crude (but hugely popular) farces. A prime characteristic of his work is his sharp observation of the language, personalities and concerns of lower middle and working class white South Africa. They include the full-length plays ''[[Renovations]]'' (19**),  ''[[The Defloration of Miles Koekemoer]]'' (19**), ''[[Karoo Ground]]'' (1983), ''[[Boo to the Moon]]'' (19**), ''[[Under the Oaks & Over the Hill]] ''(1985), ''[[Making Like America]]'' (1986), ''[[Smallholding]]'' (1989),  ''[[Mooi Street Moves]]'' (1992), ''[[The Return of Elvis du Pisanie]]'' (1992/3, winner of [[Vita Best Play Award]] and [[Vita Best Actor Award]], and the [[Fleur du Cap Theatre Award]], Best Actor and [[Fleur du Cap Best New Indigenous Script Award]] 1992), ''[[Victoria Almost Falls]]'' (1994), ******.  Again working with [[Bill Flynn]],  Slabolepszy also developed a fine and profitable style of local comedy which ranged from the poignancy of his more serious work to the crude slapstick fun of the "Corky" series of plays (''[[Heel Against the Head]]'', ''[[A Tickle to Fine Leg]]'' and ''[[Life's a Pitch]]''). The two also developed television and film versions of some of the ideas, with their farce about the Rugby World Cup, ''Heel Against the Head'', being filmed in 2000. He also wrote several TV-plays, including ''Highrise Cowboy'' and ''Hands of Stone'', as well as the TV-series ''Senor Smith''. A number of his stage works were published in the collection  ''[[Mooi Street and Other Moves]]'' (1994) as well as single issues of some plays. A number of the plays have also been published in collections. **  SLABOLEPSZY, Paul. He starred in [[Aubrey Berg]]’s ''[[Story Theatre]]'' together with [[Frantz Dobrowsky]], [[Janice Honeyman]], [[Eckard Rabe]] and [[Richard Haines]] for [[PACT]] in 1974. He starred in [[Robert Möhr]]’s production of ''[[The Tempest]]'' with [[Patrick Magee]], [[Bill Flynn]] and [[Michael Richard]] for [[PACT]] at the [[Alexander]]  in 1975. Slabolepszy and [[Flynn]] collaborated in several successful productions over the years including ''[[Heel Against the Head]]'' in 1996. He starred in [[John Herbert]]’s ''[[Fortune and Men’s Eyes]]'' with [[Bill Flynn]], [[Ron Smerczak]] and [[Danny Keogh]] for [[The Company]] at [[The Nunnery]] in 1975. He starred in [[Ken Leach]]’s production of [[Feydeau]]’s ''[[A Flea in Her Ear]]'' together with [[Dorothy Ann Gould]], [[Diane Wilson]], [[Richard Haines]], [[Frantz Dobrowsky]], [[Michael Richard]], [[Annelisa Weiland]] and [[Lesley Nott]] for [[PACT]] at the [[Alexander]] in 1976. He starred in [[Ken Leach]]’s production of the musical ''[[Fangs]]'' with [[Michael Richard]], [[Annelisa Weiland]], [[Lesley Nott]] and [[Bill Flynn]] for [[PACT]] in 1977. His ''[[Saturday Night at the Palace]]'' starring himself, [[Bill Flynn]] and [[Fats Dibeko]] and directed by [[Bobby Heaney]] was staged at [[Upstairs at the Market]] in 1982. It returned to the [[Market]] in October. His double bill ''[[Under the Oaks]]'' and ''[[Over the Hill]]'', directed by himself and [[Frantz Dobrowsky]] was presented by the [[Market]] in September 1985. His ''[[Making Like America]]'' starring himself, [[Marius Weyers]], [[Nicky Rebelo]] and [[Lida Meiring]] under [[Bobby Heaney]]’s direction was staged at the [[Market]] in December 1986. He wrote and starred in ''[[The Return of Elvis du Pisanie]]'' at the [[Grahamstown National Arts Festival]], the [[Rosebank Theatre]] (pg 513 which Rosebank Theatre?) and the [[Laager]] in 1992. He won a best actor award from [[DALRO]] and Vita for this play. His ''[[Mooi Street Moves]]'' was staged at the [[Laager]] in 1992. His ''[[Pale Natives]]'' was staged at the [[Market]] in 1994. It subsequently played at the [[Baxter]] before returning to the [[Market]] for a second season. He wrote ''[[Planet Perth]]'' in 1998.
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== Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance ==
  
'''[[Art of Charf]]''' (2006)  
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Founder member of SA’s first non-racial theatre company, the [[The Space]] in Cape Town (with [[Athol Fugard]], [[John Kani]] and [[Yvonne Bryceland]]) in 1972.
  
In 1983, Paul received the Standard Bank Young Artist Award.[TH, JH]
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In Johannesburg (with [[Mannie Manim]] and [[Barney Simon]]) he was a founder member of the world famous [[Market Theatre Company]] in 1976.
  
In Cape Town:
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===As actor===
''[[Romeo and Juliet]]'' (Mercutio);
 
''[[Black Comedy]]'';
 
''[[Death of a Salesman]]'';
 
''[[The Relapse]]'';
 
''[[Absurd Person Singular]]'';
 
''[[El Grande De Coca Cola]]'';
 
[[Barney Simon]]'s ''[[Joburg Sis]]'';
 
The Company's production at the Market Theatre in ''[[An Arabian Night]]'';
 
''[[Cold Stone Jug]]'';
 
''[[Marico Moonshine and Mampoer]]''.
 
  
Received the Five Roses Young Artists Award for Drama.
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As an actor, Paul has appeared in well over 100 stage and TV plays, as well as 15 feature films. Highlights include - Frederick Courtney Selous in ''Rhodes'' (for the BBC) and Jan Christiaan Smuts, in ''The Apprenticeship of a Mahatma'' [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Making_of_the_Mahatma]. He appeared as Biff in ''[[Death of a Salesman]]'', Chance Wayne in ''[[Sweet Bird of Youth]]'', Kaspar in Pieter Handke’s ''[[Kaspar]]'', Smitty in ''[[Fortune and Men's Eyes]]'', Mercutio in ''[[Romeo and Juliet]]'', Chandebise/Poche in ''[[A Flea in Her Ear]]'', Eddie in his own play ''[[The Return of Elvis du Pisanie]]''.
  
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===As playwright===
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With over thirty plays to his credit, Paul is arguably (after [[Athol Fugard]]) South Africa’s foremost playwright, his work having been performed in the UK, the USA, Germany, France, Australia, Sweden, Denmark and the Middle East.
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PLAYS:  1979 – ''[[Renovations]]''; 1980 – ''[[The Defloration of Miles Koekemoer]]''; 1982 – ''[[Saturday Night at the Palace]]''; 1983 – ''[[Karoo Grand]]'', 1984 - ''[[Under the Oaks]]'';  1985 – ''[[Over the Hill]]'';  1986 – ''[[Boo to the Moon]]''; ''[[Making Like America]]''; 1988 – ''[[Travelling Shots]]''; 1989 – ''[[Smallholding]]''; 1990 – ''[[One for the High Jump]]'', ''[[The Eyes of their Whites]]''; 1991 – ''[[Braait Laaities]]''; 1992 – ''[[Mooi Street Moves]]'', ''[[The Return of Elvis du Pisanie]]''; 1993 – ''[[Pale Natives]]''; 1994 – ''[[Victoria Almost Falls]]'', ''[[Tickle to Fine Leg]]''; 1995 – ''[[Heel Against the Head]]''; 1996 – ''[[Once a Pirate]]'', 1997 – ''[[Going for the Jocular]]'', ''[[Fordsburg's Finest]]''; 1998 – ''[[Planet Perth]]'', ''[[Life's a Pitch]]'', 2000 – ''[[Crashing the Night]]''; 2001 – ''[[Running Riot]]''; 2002 – ''[[It's Just Not Cricket!]]''; 2003 – ''[[Whole in One]]''; 2005 – ''[[Art of Charf (Lady Lonely Hearts)]]''; 2006 – ''[[Not the Big Easy]]''; 2008 – ''[[For Your Ears Only]]''; 2008 – ''[[Freak Country]]''; 2016 – ''[[Suddenly the Storm]]''. 
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Paul has had six World Premieres at the [[Market Theatre]] in Johannesburg. ''[[Saturday Night at the Palace]]'' went on to perform at London’s Old Vic Theatre in 1984. ''[[The Eyes of their Whites]]'' (co-written and co-performed with [[David Kramer]]) received acclaim at the 1990 Edinburgh Festival, and ''[[Mooi Street Moves]]''. ''[[Once a Pirate]]'' (starring [[Seputla Sebogodi]]) was part of the Lincoln Centre’s Woza Africa Festival in New York City in July, 1997
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In December, 2013 – [[Artscape]] (in Cape Town) produced a rework of an earlier play – ''[[Victoria Almost Falls]]'' (now titled ''[[My Low-Fat, Almost Italian Wedding]]'' with Graham Hopkins, James Cairns). In May, 2014 the [[Market Theatre]], Johannesburg produced a ‘20th Anniversary Production’ of his hit 1994 play, ''[[Pale Natives]]''.
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SCREENPLAYS:  1986 -  ''[[Saturday Night at the Palace]]'' (adapted from the play) – Merit Award AFI FEST, Los Angeles 1987, TAORMINA Best Actor - John Kani; 1998 -''[[Heel Against the Head]]'' (adapted from the play); 2003 - ''Swansong for Charlie'' (based on own play ''[[Over the Hill]]''); 2006 - ''[[Running Riot]]''.
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For Leon Schuster, Paul wrote the screenplay for OH, SHUCKS – HERE COMES UNTAG (1989), and contributed substantially to SWEET & SHORT and MAMA JACK (2005); other co-written screenplays include VAN DER MERWE P.I. (for Philo Pieterse), PRINCE OF PRETORIA (for Franz Marx) and TAXI TO SOWETO (for Edgar Bold, Manie van Rensburgg).
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FOR TELEVISION – co-wrote SENIOR SMITH (13-part series, SABC), also on many episodes on various series’ – among them SCOOP SCOOMBIE (original concept – for Roberta Durrant), MADAM & EVE, PEOPLE LIKE US (with Gray Hofmeyr); SWANSONG FOR CHARLIE – an MNET Made-for-TV Movie, directed and produced by Bobby Heaney. In 2008 - Head Writer on a SABC2 Drama Series (HILLSIDE), for Aubrey Sekhabi;  In 2009 - conceived, created and wrote KONSTERNASIE OPPIE STASIE (13 part sitcom for SABC2), directed and produced by Bobby Heaney.
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FOR RADIO – several of his plays have been adapted for radio and broadcast by SAfm (SABC), among them ''[[Under the Oaks]]'', ''[[Over the Hille]]'', ''[[Art of Charf]]'' and ''[[Whole in One]]''. Since 2014 Paul has been Head Writer on a daily serial on SAfm called RADIO VUKA. In 2017 the series went past the Episode 2,100 mark.
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== Awards, etc ==
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In 1983, Paul received the [[Standard Bank Young Artist Awards|Standard Bank Young Artist Award]].
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Numerous awards for Stage include Biff in ''[[Death of a Salesman]]'', Chance Wayne in ''[[Sweet Bird of Youth]]'', Kaspar in Pieter Handke’s ''[[Kaspar]]'', Smitty in ''[[Fortune and Men's Eyes]]'' (where he won his first [[DALRO]] Best Actor Award in 1976), As Eddie, in his own play ''[[The Return of Elvis du Pisanie]]'', he became the first actor in SA to win every Best Actor Award nationwide in a single year ([[Vita Award|Vita]], [[Fleur du Cap]] and [[DALRO]], 1993).
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Awards for his plays include ''[[Saturday Night at the Palace]] '' (Amstel, Vita & Fleur du Cap Best Play); 1983, 1985 – ''[[Over the Hill]]'' (DALRO Best Play); ''[[Making Like America]]'' (Vita Best Play);  1989 – ''[[Smallholding]]'' (Vita Best Play); 1991 – ''[[Braait Laaities]]'' (Pick of the Fringe, Grahamstown Fest); 1992 – ''[[Mooi Street Moves]]'' (Paper Boat Best Play Award, Glasgow MayFest), ''[[The Return of Elvis du Pisanie]]'' (Vita, Fleur du Cap and DALRO Best Play); ''[[Heel Against the Head]]'' (Vita, Star Tonight Best Comedy); ''[[Suddenly the Storm]]'' (Naledi Best New South African Script 2016/17). 
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''[[Mooi Street Moves]]'' was invited to the Teater der Weld Festival in Germany and the Images of Africa Festival in Denmark, in 1993. The same play won the Paper Boat Award at the Glasgow MayFest in 1994.
  
''[[Saturday Night at the Palace]]'' programme notes, 1982(?).
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In March, 1993 Paul was invited to do a four week study tour of American Theatres with a group of international drama practitioners as part of the USA International Visitor Program.
  
[[Percy Tucker|Tucker]], 1997; Gosher, 1988; [[Loren Kruger|Kruger]], 1999
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== Sources ==
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CV provided by Paul Slabolepszy, October 2017.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Slabolepszy
 
  
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== For more in formation ==
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Wikipedia [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Slabolepszy].
  
Go to [[South African Theatre/Bibliography]]
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IMDb [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0805114/].
  
 
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Paul Slabolepszy (1948-). Actor, Playwright, Screenwriter, Director.

Biography

Born in Bolton, England in 1948, his family emigrated to South Africa when Paul was aged 3. He then grew up in a number of small towns around South Africa, including Modderfontein, Witbank and Musina.

Paul lives in Johannesburg with his wife, Carol. They have three children.

Training

He completed a B.A. (Drama) degree at the University of Cape Town


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

Founder member of SA’s first non-racial theatre company, the The Space in Cape Town (with Athol Fugard, John Kani and Yvonne Bryceland) in 1972.

In Johannesburg (with Mannie Manim and Barney Simon) he was a founder member of the world famous Market Theatre Company in 1976.

As actor

As an actor, Paul has appeared in well over 100 stage and TV plays, as well as 15 feature films. Highlights include - Frederick Courtney Selous in Rhodes (for the BBC) and Jan Christiaan Smuts, in The Apprenticeship of a Mahatma [1]. He appeared as Biff in Death of a Salesman, Chance Wayne in Sweet Bird of Youth, Kaspar in Pieter Handke’s Kaspar, Smitty in Fortune and Men's Eyes, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Chandebise/Poche in A Flea in Her Ear, Eddie in his own play The Return of Elvis du Pisanie.

As playwright

With over thirty plays to his credit, Paul is arguably (after Athol Fugard) South Africa’s foremost playwright, his work having been performed in the UK, the USA, Germany, France, Australia, Sweden, Denmark and the Middle East.

PLAYS: 1979 – Renovations; 1980 – The Defloration of Miles Koekemoer; 1982 – Saturday Night at the Palace; 1983 – Karoo Grand, 1984 - Under the Oaks; 1985 – Over the Hill; 1986 – Boo to the Moon; Making Like America; 1988 – Travelling Shots; 1989 – Smallholding; 1990 – One for the High Jump, The Eyes of their Whites; 1991 – Braait Laaities; 1992 – Mooi Street Moves, The Return of Elvis du Pisanie; 1993 – Pale Natives; 1994 – Victoria Almost Falls, Tickle to Fine Leg; 1995 – Heel Against the Head; 1996 – Once a Pirate, 1997 – Going for the Jocular, Fordsburg's Finest; 1998 – Planet Perth, Life's a Pitch, 2000 – Crashing the Night; 2001 – Running Riot; 2002 – It's Just Not Cricket!; 2003 – Whole in One; 2005 – Art of Charf (Lady Lonely Hearts); 2006 – Not the Big Easy; 2008 – For Your Ears Only; 2008 – Freak Country; 2016 – Suddenly the Storm.

Paul has had six World Premieres at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg. Saturday Night at the Palace went on to perform at London’s Old Vic Theatre in 1984. The Eyes of their Whites (co-written and co-performed with David Kramer) received acclaim at the 1990 Edinburgh Festival, and Mooi Street Moves. Once a Pirate (starring Seputla Sebogodi) was part of the Lincoln Centre’s Woza Africa Festival in New York City in July, 1997

In December, 2013 – Artscape (in Cape Town) produced a rework of an earlier play – Victoria Almost Falls (now titled My Low-Fat, Almost Italian Wedding with Graham Hopkins, James Cairns). In May, 2014 the Market Theatre, Johannesburg produced a ‘20th Anniversary Production’ of his hit 1994 play, Pale Natives.

SCREENPLAYS: 1986 - Saturday Night at the Palace (adapted from the play) – Merit Award AFI FEST, Los Angeles 1987, TAORMINA Best Actor - John Kani; 1998 -Heel Against the Head (adapted from the play); 2003 - Swansong for Charlie (based on own play Over the Hill); 2006 - Running Riot.

For Leon Schuster, Paul wrote the screenplay for OH, SHUCKS – HERE COMES UNTAG (1989), and contributed substantially to SWEET & SHORT and MAMA JACK (2005); other co-written screenplays include VAN DER MERWE P.I. (for Philo Pieterse), PRINCE OF PRETORIA (for Franz Marx) and TAXI TO SOWETO (for Edgar Bold, Manie van Rensburgg).

FOR TELEVISION – co-wrote SENIOR SMITH (13-part series, SABC), also on many episodes on various series’ – among them SCOOP SCOOMBIE (original concept – for Roberta Durrant), MADAM & EVE, PEOPLE LIKE US (with Gray Hofmeyr); SWANSONG FOR CHARLIE – an MNET Made-for-TV Movie, directed and produced by Bobby Heaney. In 2008 - Head Writer on a SABC2 Drama Series (HILLSIDE), for Aubrey Sekhabi; In 2009 - conceived, created and wrote KONSTERNASIE OPPIE STASIE (13 part sitcom for SABC2), directed and produced by Bobby Heaney.

FOR RADIO – several of his plays have been adapted for radio and broadcast by SAfm (SABC), among them Under the Oaks, Over the Hille, Art of Charf and Whole in One. Since 2014 Paul has been Head Writer on a daily serial on SAfm called RADIO VUKA. In 2017 the series went past the Episode 2,100 mark.

Awards, etc

In 1983, Paul received the Standard Bank Young Artist Award.

Numerous awards for Stage include Biff in Death of a Salesman, Chance Wayne in Sweet Bird of Youth, Kaspar in Pieter Handke’s Kaspar, Smitty in Fortune and Men's Eyes (where he won his first DALRO Best Actor Award in 1976), As Eddie, in his own play The Return of Elvis du Pisanie, he became the first actor in SA to win every Best Actor Award nationwide in a single year (Vita, Fleur du Cap and DALRO, 1993).

Awards for his plays include Saturday Night at the Palace (Amstel, Vita & Fleur du Cap Best Play); 1983, 1985 – Over the Hill (DALRO Best Play); Making Like America (Vita Best Play); 1989 – Smallholding (Vita Best Play); 1991 – Braait Laaities (Pick of the Fringe, Grahamstown Fest); 1992 – Mooi Street Moves (Paper Boat Best Play Award, Glasgow MayFest), The Return of Elvis du Pisanie (Vita, Fleur du Cap and DALRO Best Play); Heel Against the Head (Vita, Star Tonight Best Comedy); Suddenly the Storm (Naledi Best New South African Script 2016/17).

Mooi Street Moves was invited to the Teater der Weld Festival in Germany and the Images of Africa Festival in Denmark, in 1993. The same play won the Paper Boat Award at the Glasgow MayFest in 1994.

In March, 1993 Paul was invited to do a four week study tour of American Theatres with a group of international drama practitioners as part of the USA International Visitor Program.

Sources

CV provided by Paul Slabolepszy, October 2017.

For more in formation

Wikipedia [2].

IMDb [3].

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