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Siv Panics

Siv Panics

Siv Ngesi, one of the top-selling comedians at the National Arts Festival, starred in Panic, a one-person show on climate change that he had commissioned. Different to stand up comedy, Siv - under the direction of Heinrich Reisenhofer - did well in conveying this challenging, poetic piece to appreciative audiences.

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Rainbow Scars gets Ovation Award recognition

Rainbow Scars gets Ovation Award recognition

Rainbow Scars - directed by Lara Bye - was recognized with an Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival and has subsequently been invited to theatres and festivals both locally and abroad.

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Rainbow Scars and Brothers in Blood in Top Twenty

Rainbow Scars and Brothers in Blood in Top Twenty

Rainbow Scars and Brothers in Blood featured among the top twenty ticket-sellers on the Fringe of the National Arts Festival in 2013. The top ten shows featured seven comedies, but the excellent audiences for these two plays shows that there is an audience for drama at the Festival.

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Inaugural National Arts Festival Playwright

Inaugural National Arts Festival Playwright

Mike van Graan was appointed as the first Festival Playwright at the National Arts Festival in 2013. Four of his works, including a new piece, Writer's Block, were showcased at the Festival.

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Brothers in Blood to be read in Washington

Brothers in Blood to be read in Washington

Theater J will host a reading of Brothers in Blood on 7 December 2012

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Luz Verde staged in Buenos Aires

Green Man Flashing - winner of the English leg of the Theatre in Translation competition - was staged in Buenos Aires on 27 November 2012.

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African Creative Economy Conference in Dakar

African Creative Economy Conference in Dakar

Presentation of paper on implementing the UNESCO 2005 Convention in Africa

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Appointment to the ABSA KKNK Board

Kuns Onbeperk Board of Directors initiates a Theatre Indaba

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Recognition in 2012

Recognition in 2012

My three plays produced by Artscape in 2012 have all won some form of recognition

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International distribution

International distribution

Two plays will be introduced to international audiences in 2012/13.

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Green Man Flashing reprinted

After a first print run by Junkets Publishers sold out, "Green Man Flashing" has been reprinted and is now available for schools and universities who have prescribed the text. The Independent Education Board is largely responsible for the play's popularity after including it in its list of setworks for 2011.

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School's Play Festival

School's Play Festival

I was invited to serve as judge at Westerford High School’s play festival on Tuesday 14 September. It was interesting to see the kinds of issues that high school learners are dealing with.

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Play Prescribed as South African School Setwork

Play Prescribed as South African School Setwork

The Independent Education Board with schools such as St Stithians, Cedar House and Hilton College, has set "Green Man Flashing" as a matric setwork for 2011. The same play is being studied at Herzlia High School in Cape Town and by the drama departments of UCT and UKZN.

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Drama For Life Panel Discussion

Drama For Life Panel Discussion

At the end of August, I participated in the Drama for Life Conference, and more particularly in a panel discussion at the Constitutional Court with Albie Sachs and others on the theme, "The Dream Deferred? Art and Social Change: lessons for and from South Africa."

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Keynote speaker

Keynote speaker

On 20 September, I will be the keynote speaker at the 15th anniversary celebration of the HIVOS Culture Fund in Amsterdam. The Hivos Culture Fund, set up in 1995, supports independent artistic initiatives in developing countries.

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Mike's Got His Men!

Mike's Got His Men!

After an intensive audition period, I'm delighted to announce the final cast selection for my upcoming comedy "Is It Because I'm Jack?" Clyde Berning, Andrew Laubscher, Morne Visser and Anele Matoti will feature in the play - a dark comedy about life, friendship and survival. Four young friends in the prime of their lives confront their mortality when one of them - a stand up comic - is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Is it all just a bad joke? ....You can find out in September, when we open at the Aardklop festival. Cape Town and Pretoria dates to be announced.

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New Play!

New Play!

I'm just putting the finishing touches to my new play - a dark comedy about life, friendship and loyalty called "Is it because I’m Jack?" The play was a commission for the Aardklop Festival in September this year and will be directed by Yvette Hardie. We're working on ideas for a Cape Town run later this year, so watch this space!

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From Africa With Laugh

From Africa With Laugh

Excerpts from my comedy "Bafana Republic 3: Penalty Shootout" were performed by Lungi Pinda as part of the African Arts Institute’s project “From Africa with Laugh.” This production featured 3 comedians from Zimbabwe, Kenya and Zambia at the Baxter Theatre from 10 June-3 July.

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Reworking the World Conference

Reworking the World Conference

I recently attended a conference in Sweden - together with 1700 people from 120 countries - called "Reworking the World." I was there to participate in a seminar on the creative industries and cultural entrepreneurship as sectors for employment. While there, I was invited to participate in a reading of "Seven," an internationally acclaimed play about the stories of 7 women from Russia, Ireland, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria, Guatemala and Cambodia. I read the part of Mukhtar Mai from Pakistan, as the only man in the cast….

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Play Launch With Copenhagen Collective

Play Launch With Copenhagen Collective

Earlier this year, I was approached by a Danish theatre company to write a short play on the subject of 'time.' Several playwrights around the world were briefed to write at the same time on the same day, with the collection of plays ready to be printed and produced this week in Copenhagen. I only wish I could be there to see it happen, but I'll be attending a launch of my own in Franschhoek!

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