Van Graan tackles hot button issues in latest play

Van Graan tackles hot button issues in latest play

Mike van Graan’s award-winning play ‘Brothers in Blood’ will open at the Artscape Arena on Wednesday March 28 for a run until April 14.
‘Brothers in Blood’ is an explosive drama about Jewish, Muslim and Christian relations set in Cape Town in the late 1990’s and against the background of PAGAD’s activities against crime and the drug trade.

Xenophobia, prejudice, religious conflict, fear and anxiety – these are the challenges three fathers have to deal with in order to protect their children.
“It’s as if the subject is taboo, the-theme-which-cannot-be-metioned, a topic too dramatic and volatile in real life to be explored in theatre,” says Van Graan. “And yet, precisely for these reasons, we need plays that put into the public domain those issues that cause us anxiety, fear and unease, so that theatre can play its role of provoking debate, challenging personal comfort zones, allowing for individual and collective catharsis.”

Director, writer and actor Greg Homann, a Wits University Graduate, has brought together a formidable cast of five members. Starring will be this year’s Fleur du Cap Best Supporting Actor winner David Dennis portraying the role of Abubaker Abrahams, Kurt Egelhof (Reverend Fredericks), Aimee Valentine (Leila Abrahams), Harrison Makubalo (Fadiel Suleiman) and Conrad Kemp as Brian Cohen.
Commissioned by the Charles Diamond Foundation, ‘Brothers in Blood’ premiered at the Market Theatre in 2009 and won the 2010 Naledi Theatre Award for Best New South African Play.

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