Ashraf Johaardien

Ashraf is the general manager of the Arts and Culture Trust. Not only an arts administrator, he is also a play- wright and performer. His plays have been produced extensively in mainstream theatres and festivals in South Africa and internationally. His publications include Miracle, Coloured Son X and Salaam, published in 2007. Coloured Son X was performed both in South Africa and New York. Happy Endings Are Extra had performances in more than seven theatres in South Africa and abroad. Aside from writing original theatre pieces, Ashraf also acknowledges the work of other writers who inspire him, and adapts it for the theatre. His work Ecce Home!, adapted from Body Blows, had six successful perform- ances by Tim Allen. This year Grahamstown National Arts Festival goers can look forward to Ashraf's new play, The Quiet Violence of Dreams, an adaptation of a novel by Sello Duiker.

Lunch spot: Bellinis, Illovo, Johannesburg