Dead Yellow Sands


ead Yellow Sands by Graham Weir might well be described as a collection of portraitures that live for a brief few minutes and return to the darkness of black space. Based on people Weir has met or observed over the years, the characters are all at a winding-down moment in their lives, some of them even looking into the great silence of death.

Raised in Benoni, Weir explains that the town’s name means ‘Son of my Sorrow,’ and poignantly, “steers us through an awareness of Thanatos from one age of man to the next in a deftly crafted piece of theatre.” Never moving from his chair, Weir is lit sparsely by a lighting rig constructed with scrap materials and household light bulbs; each character is exposed through a series of monologues which, while they are individual vignettes, are simultaneously facets of Weir himself.

Original Text
Adapted and Directed by
Lighting Designer
Set Designer
Costume Designer
Stage Manager

Es’kia Mphahlele
James Ngcobo
Wesley France
Nadya Cohen
Nthabiseng Makone
Bongani Motsepe


Friday 20 October –
Sunday 26 November 2017

Age Recommendation:
Show times:

The John Kani
@The Market Theatre
All ages
1hr 35minutes
Tuesday to Saturday @ 20h00
Sunday @15h00


Tuesday – Thursday
Friday – Sunday

R 90.00
R 150.00

To make block bookings, please contact Anthony Ezeoke
011 832 1641 ext 203 or Yusrah Bardien 011 832 1641 ext 204

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