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WRITER





PLAYS    
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Dikker as Water ...(1998)

  • National Tour
  • Slurpie Nomination, Best Contribution by New Playwright
    at Klein Karoo National Arts Festival

 

Critics' Comments:

The Argus:
“…this in-your-face spellbinder is a must see…”, “masterpiece”

Spat:
“…a refreshing play by a young writer which gives one hope for the future of theatre.”

Krit:
“brilliant.”

 

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Onder die Brug ...(1999)

  • National Tour
  • Vita Nomination, Best New South African Play

 

Critics' Comments:

Pretoria News:
“…he has obviously developed an eye and ear for the stuff that life’s drama are made of.”, “…captured an element of the timelessness of our search for understanding…”

Rekord-Oos:
“… Ellis breaks through to the very marrow of the modern Afrikaner-psyche.”

Peter Terry, Artistic & Administrative Head, State Theatre, Pretoria:
“I believe it’s been a long time since we’ve had such an original voice in Afrikaans Theatre.”

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Wyn ...(2001)

  • National Tour
  • Sold out at two national Arts festivals

 

Die Burger:
"...the third and probably strongest of the Ellis-trilogy... betrayal, addiction and and despair looms under the deceptively simple facade of the tale..."

 

 

 

 

c

 

 

At the Risk of Being ...(2002)

  • Kanna Nomination, Best Contribution to Comedy
    at Klein Karoo National Arts Festival

 

Critics' Comments:

The Argus:
“…Ellis has scored something of a triumph…”, “An absurdist piece, it is far more accessible than, say, the chronically overrated Waiting for Godot,”

Die Burger:
“… flies internationally in the tradition of Theatre of the Absurd.”

The Cape Times:
“… an existential rollercoaster ride of emotions, of the soul and of the physical being.”

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Drie ...(2001)

  • 2001 Commissioned for National & International Tour (Belgium)
  • ATKV Schools Theatre Award, Best New Play
  • Logan Schools Theatre Award, Best New Play

 

SCREENWRITING    
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75+ Daily TV Drama Scripts:

  • Binnelanders, MNET (2007-2010)
  • Villa Rosa, KYKNET (2004-2006)

1 Short Film:

  • Pondo Bicycle, MNET African Film Library (2007) - Official Selection, Apollo Film Festival, Victoria-West, South Africa

3 Weekly TV Drama Series Scripts (Co-written):

  • Known Gods II, MNET (2006)