Brothers in Blood

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Brothers in Blood is a play by Mike van Graan.

Published in 2012 by Junkets Publishers (this carries an Author’s Note and a Director’s Introduction.)


The play is about Jewish, Muslim and Christian relations set in Cape Town in the late 1990’s and against the background of the vigilante group PAGAD’s [1] 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.

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Performance history in South Africa

2009: The writing of the play was made possible through a writing fellowship funded by the Charles Diamond Foundation, and was written in the course of 2006, went through a number of revisions, and was first performed at the Market Theatre on 28 May 2009 and won the 2010 Naledi Theatre Award for Best New South African Play.

2012: Performed performed in April 2012 as part of the 7th Artscape Drama Season, under the direction of Greg Homann. Featuring the multiple award-winning David Dennis, Kurt Egelhof, Aimee Valentine, Harrison Makubalo and Conrad Kemp. Also presented at the National Arts Festival, along with Green Man Flashing and Just Business (both also by Van Graan).


Artscape Media Release (19 June 2012)

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