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A SEASON IN SOUTH AFRICA (article first published : 2002-02-21)

Mike van Graan’s play Dinner Talk, is a winner of the prestigious Fleur du Cap Award for best indigenous script.

If you happen to be in London from February 27 to March 13, you’ll have the opportunity of seeing a professional reading of this play at The Old Vic on February 27 at 17h30 in A Season in South Africa, an explosive trilogy of playlets about “grey, gravy and growing up in the New South Africa”

Other plays in A Season in South Africa featuring the works of contemporary South African writers are The Lighthouse Keeper's Wife by Charles Fourie who also directs the series (February 20); Missing by Reza de Wet (March 6) and On My Birthday by Aubrey Sekhabi (March 13). The works will be read prior to the evening's performance of The Island. Tickets £5. Playwright Afrikaans circles

Dinner Talk has been described as: “gripping and entertaining theatre which deals with life as we are living it now in all its complexities and uncertainties." (Diane de Beer, Pretoria News), "Cleverly written and perceptive, at times its strident satire reminds one of the works of Robert Kirby in the 70s and 80s. It has that same intellectual muscle." (Garalt Macliam, The Star) and “…his work slaps you hard in the face, it is so bang up to date." (Eddie Mokoena, The Sowetan)

Mike van Graan is one of South Africa's leading cultural activists. He was appointed as a Special Adviser on Arts and Culture to the new Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology after the country's first democratic elections in 1994. He now runs an arts and culture consultancy, Article 27, which takes its name from the relevant Universal Declaration of Human Rights' clause: "everyone shall have the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community and to enjoy the arts."

In 2001, he won the Arts and Culture Trust Arts and Culture Journalist of the Year award for his weekly, independent cultural commentary columns The Cultural Weapon on the country's premier arts website, Artslink.co.za, and was honoured with the Cape Tercentenary Foundation's Molteno Award for his services to the performing arts. He currently serves as the General Secretary of the Performing Arts Network of South Africa (PANSA), a national lobby promoting the interests of the performing arts sector.




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