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HOW GRAHAM WEIR HAS ACCIDENTALLY MANAGED TO STAY ALIVE (article first published : 2002-07-18)

Candles from the foyer all the way down the aisles in the beautiful St Aidan’s Cathedral created just the right mood for a show of this honest intensity. Playing the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, Graham Weir’s How Graham Weir Has Managed To Stay Alive created a long-lasting impression.

Apart from his many appearances in dramatic roles, Graham is one of the founder members of the innovative and successful cult show Not the Midnight Mass. He arrives on stage for this show with baby blue pants and purple fur coat. But the bizarre appearance wasn’t needed to prove that this is a highly intense performer working close to the cutting edge, flaunting convention and determined to break new boundaries.

I must admit, after the opening song Gethsemane (I only want to say) from Jesus Christ Superstar, I was hooked but had to put my notebook away feeling that I did not have sufficient technical musical knowledge to do critical justice to his work. So, I just sat back and enjoyed it; every second of it. This is a very talented and comfortable singer who knows how to get into the hearts of others

The beautiful lyrics of his songs, his clear voice and the relaxed rapport he maintains throughout with his audience made the show that much more special. With “real-life” binding text linked with his dry sense of humour the performance was personal and pure. Experiencing his clear beautiful voice will always be remembered.

Accompanied by Sven Goldin and directed by Megan Choritz, How Graham Weir Has Managed To Stay Alive certainly received a place on my list of favourite shows during the recent festival in Grahamstown. – Thomie Holtzhausen




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