Double dose of Van Graan at Artscape

Double dose of Van Graan at Artscape

Mike van Graan’s award-winning play, ‘Brothers in Blood’, will return to the Artscape Arena on Tuesday April 23 as part of an exciting double bill. The play will alternate with ‘Rainbow Scars’ at the venue until 11 May.
‘Brothers in Blood’ is a human drama that explores the themes of prejudice and xenophobia within a religious setting, and against the background of the activities of PAGAD in the late 1990s, which created much tension in the city of Cape Town. While global events fuel regular newspaper debates and letters to the editor, ‘Brothers in Blood’ gives a human face to the dilemmas, anxieties, hopes and fears that ordinary people often share, no matter the religious faiths to which they subscribe, or not.

Commissioned by the Charles Diamond Foundation, ‘Brothers in Blood’ is directed by Greg Homann, an accomplished actor, director and drama lecturer at Wits University. He has brought together a formidable cast of five. Award-winning actor David Dennis portrays the role of Abubaker Abrahams, while Kurt Egelhof (Reverend Fredericks), Aimee Valentine (Leila Abrahams), Harrison Makubalo (Fadiel Suleiman) and David Dukas (Brian Cohen) complete the cast.
‘Brothers in Blood’ premiered at the Market Theatre in 2009 and won the 2010 Naledi Theatre Award for Best New South African Play. Last year it was performed at the Artscape Arena and was well received audiences and critics alike.

The second play, ‘Rainbow Scars’, premieres in Cape Town and is set in April 1994 when the “Rainbow Nation” is born.  Ellen Robinson (Terrry Norton), a suburban mom, adopts Lindiwe Robinson (Kertice Maitisa), a born-free orphan who loses her parents in the “New South Africa”. Fast forward to 2012. Something happens that not only challenges the mother-daughter relationship, but brings to the surface the scars of a country still struggling to heal itself of its divided past. ‘Rainbow Scars’ explores the complexities of contemporary South African relationships, layered with dollops of humour. The play is directed by Lara Bye.

* For the double bill all Tuesday and Sunday performances are discounted at R60 per ticket. Book at Computicket or Artscape Dial-a-Seat on 021 421 7695.

Five lucky readers can win tickets to either ‘Brothers in Blood’ or ‘Rainbow Scars’. Send your name and “Van Graan double bill” in the subject line in an e-mail to: before 12pm on Monday April 22.