Racial fault lines and girlie clubs

2012-09-13 00:00

TWO of veteran playwright Mike van Graan’s award-winning plays — Brothers in Blood and Just Business — are among the must-see productions at this year’s The Witness Hilton Arts Festival, which runs from September 21 to September 23 at Hilton College.

Both plays were awarded Standard Bank Ovation Awards at the National Arts Festival in Grahams­town earlier this year and Van Graan himself received a Standing Ovation Award for his sustained contribution to the Eastern Cape festival. Ovation Awards recognise excellence on the Fringe at the festival.

Written in 2009, Brothers in Blood explores the religious and racial fault lines in South African society, where ignorance about the other, religious arrogance and racial prejudice combine to alienate human beings from each other, even when they might have many things in common.

Directed by Greg Homann, and starring David Denis, Kurt Egelhof, Aimee Valentine, Harrison Makubalo and Conrad Kemp, Brothers in Blood can be seen in the Grindrod Bank Theatre at 6 pm on September 22, and 10 am on September 23. Tickets are R145. No under 10s allowed.

Just Business, meanwhile, is a play about black economic empowerment (BEE), which had audiences rolling in the aisles in Grahamstown.

The story revolves around Hannes (Andre Jacobs) who worked at Foreign Affairs when the Nationalists were in power and now runs a successful “girlie club” called African Delights.

The club provokes the interest of a BEE company, Mabuso and Associates, and their Chinese business partners. However, when Hannes says he’s not interested in a partnership, he becomes the target of a hostile takeover and a hitman.

Directed by Fred Abrahamse, the play can be seen in the Grindrod Bank Theatre at 6 pm on September 21, and 10 am on September 22. Tickets are R130.


• For more details on The Witness Hilton Arts Festival log on to www.hiltonfestival.co.za

Printed programmes are available from selected Spar and SuperSpar stores; Exclusive Books; Adams in Musgrave Centre; Bookworld at Cascades; the KZNSA Gallery in Durban; T he Witness offices; and the Hilton College Theatre (weekdays office hours).

Several performances at The Witness Hilton Arts Festival are already sold out. They include:

• September 21: 8 pm — ... miskien;

• September 22: 10 am — Boesman and Lena;

12.30 pm — Paul Zerdin: Comic Ventriloquist;

1 pm — Sunday Morning;

3.30 pm — ... miskien; and

5.30 pm — Horn of Sorrow.

• September 23: 10 am — Boesman and Lena.

Other productions are selling fast, so get your bookings in now.

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