Hans Pienaar

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PIENAAR, Hans (1955-) Journalist and playwright. *

Biography

Training

Career

Pienaar is a journalist with the Independent Newspapers group, specialising in the coverage of the rest of Africa.

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

In 2002 he began producing his own theatre pieces, culminating in Ching Chong Che, a critical look at the cult of the freedom fighter. He also began exhibiting "photopoems", poems accompanying photos taken in Africa, the Middle East and China.

In 2002 he self-published his acclaimed poetry collection, Die Taal van Voëls. Ching Chong Che, published in 2003, contained the text of the play and a memoir on his retracing of the footsteps of Che Guevara in the rebel-held eastern Congo.

In 2005 he wrote an Afrikaans play , Kom terug Saartjie (KKNK, 2005) and in 2006 an English work Double Bill (a set of two-handers: Madiba Street and Conscientious Objection) which won the NLDTF/PANSA Festival of Contemporary Theatre Readings in Durban in 2006.

Awards, etc

Sources

See: Litnet [1]


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