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Mike van Graan

MIKE VAN GRAAN

  (1958 - )

Nationality:    South African
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Mike van Graan is the Executive Director of the African Arts Institute and is the former Secretary General of the Arterial Network, a continent-wide network engaged in the African creative sector. He currently serves as a UNESCO Technical Expert on the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. His plays include Die Generaal (The Generaal), winner of the Fleur du Cap Best New Script Award 2008; Brothers in Blood, a Market Theatre production that won the Naledi Theatre Award for Best New Play 2009, and Iagos Last Dance which premiered on the Main Programme at the National Arts Festival and was nominated in the Fleur du Cap Best New Script category, 2009.

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below is a list of Mike van Graan's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        Bafana Republic 1         Bafana Republic 2: Extra Time         Bafana Republic 3: Penalty Shootout         Bafana Republic 4: Final Whistle         Brothers In Blood         Die Generaal/The General         Dinner Talk         Dogs Must Be Crazy         Green Man Flashing         Hostile Takeover         Iago's Last Dance         Mirror, Mirror         Mixed Metaphors         Not Exactly PC!         Rainbow Scars         Some Mothers' Sons         Some Of Our Best Friends Are Cultural Workers         Tables Trilogy, The         Two To Tango



Bafana Republic 1

Synopsis:
The Bafana Republic series of plays are essentially satires about aspects of contemporary South Africa, inspired by the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It is not about sport as such, but it uses soccer and sport generally as entry points for social commentary. The title is a play on, and a reference to, both the derogatory notion of a banana republic and Bafana Bafana  the endearing name given to the South African national football team.

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1st Produced:
-    2007

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Genre:
comedy

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Bafana Republic 2: Extra Time

Synopsis:
The Bafana Republic franchise is essentially a satire about aspects of contemporary South Africa and it is inspired by the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It is not about sport as such, but it uses soccer and sport generally as entry points for social commentary so that the title is a play on, and a reference to both the derogatory notion of a banana republic and Bafana Bafana, the endearing name given to the South African national football team.

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-    2008

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Genre:
comedy

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Bafana Republic 3: Penalty Shootout

Synopsis:
The Bafana Republic franchise is essentially a satire about aspects of contemporary South Africa and it is inspired by the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It is not about sport as such, but it uses soccer and sport generally as entry points for social commentary so that the title is a play on, and a reference to both the derogatory notion of a banana republic and Bafana Bafana, the endearing name given to the South African national football team.

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1st Produced:
-    2009

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Genre:
comedy

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Bafana Republic 4: Final Whistle

Synopsis:
The Bafana Republic franchise is essentially a satire about aspects of contemporary South Africa and it is inspired by the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It is not about sport as such, but it uses soccer and sport generally as entry points for social commentary so that the title is a play on, and a reference to both the derogatory notion of a banana republic and Bafana Bafana, the endearing name given to the South African national football team.

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1st Produced:
-    2010

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Genre:
comedy

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Brothers In Blood

Synopsis:
Brothers in Blood explores the religious and racial fault lines of our society, where ignorance about the other, religious arrogance and racial prejudice combine to alienate human beings from each other...even those who might have many things in common.

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1st Produced:
-    2009

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Genre:
Drama

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Die Generaal/The General

Synopsis:
I first heard Bok van Blerks song De la Rey at the Aardklop Arts Festival in September 2006 just as it was becoming a huge hit and the source of much political hand-wringing. This play features a very different kind of general, a hardened criminal who aspires to become a general in one of the notorious prison gangs. Ive chosen the title first as a reference to the song, since it will strike a chord within the primary market of the play. It also serves as an ironic reminder that the general of the play is in many ways a monster created by the past who now brings a kind of liberation for black and white, speakers of Afrikaans, other indigenous language and English, through their common experience of criminal violence, or the fear of it.

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1st Produced:
-    2009

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Genre:
Drama

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Dinner Talk

Synopsis:
Post 1994, many people asked the question, What will you write about now that apartheid has gone? I wrote Dinner Talk, a trilogy of two-handers each dealing with a completely different contemporary South African theme, to show that, in fact, there was a great deal more to explore in the emerging democratic era than in the us-them apartheid past. The title alludes to the kinds of themes that people spoke about at dinner time as an indication of contemporary concerns that could form the basis of contemporary South African drama.

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1st Produced:
-    1996

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Genre:
Drama

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Dogs Must Be Crazy

Synopsis:
My first play, The Dogs Must be Crazy consists of a series of seven sketches. Each sketch deals satirically with some aspect of the changing political scene and has dogs as the central characters, with the respective scenario viewed from their canine perspective.

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1st Produced:
-    1991

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1st Published:
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Genre:
comedy

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Green Man Flashing

Green Man Flashing
Green Man Flashing is a fast-paced political thriller written in a filmic style. It explores themes of personal and political violence, as well as the lengths people will go to in the name of greater political good. All this is played out against the backdrop of a young democracy still dealing with its racist history, but where violence against women is of national crisis proportions. Green Man Flashing takes on the challenge of deep moral and political questions for which there are no easy answers and provides insight into the very real themes that occupy thinking South Africans.

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1st Produced:
-    2004

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Genre:
Drama

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Hostile Takeover

Synopsis:
Mr Green owns a strip-club. In fact, he owns three. Hes a businessman. A very successful businessman. So successful that hes the target for a takeover by former MP, Johnny Mabuso. Mabusos now a black empowerment player. Hes backed by a Chinese consortium. Mr Greens not keen on black economic empowerment. Broad-based or otherwise. He runs a club selling broads. Thats good enough for him.

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1st Produced:
-    2005

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Genre:
play

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Iago's Last Dance

Synopsis:
Iagos Last Dance is a trilogy of plays about betrayal and vengeance, set against the backdrop of the 'three-letter plague'  HIV and AIDS. Moving from betrayal within a marriage to betrayal of friendship and finally, betrayal by the larger society, they create a powerful intertext with South African HIV/AIDS statistics and policy.

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1st Produced:
-    2009

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1st Published:
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Genre:
Drama. - - AIDS full length

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Mirror, Mirror

Synopsis:
Mirror, Mirror is a fairytale satirising recent and contemporary South African society. The play is both itself a mirror of post-apartheid South Africa, and a challenge to artists to reflect on their role within it. The play takes its title both from the Mirror, Mirror on the wall fairytale that determines the style of the piece and the notion that art is a mirror reflecting society back to itself. The main character in the play is Artymir, a combination of Art and Mirror, an artist who remains true to his calling despite the changing political conditions.

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1st Produced:
-    2007

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Genre:
comedy

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Mixed Metaphors

Synopsis:
It is 2006. Two young women in their early twenties meet. Both are daughters of 1976-generation activists. They meet 30 years after the student uprisings that were a watershed in South African political history. One, Lerato, is a performance poet who, despite the changes in the country, is still politically aware and committed. The other, Cindy, is a Model C school graduate who believes that the struggle is over, and now its fruits are to be enjoyed.From their initial antagonistic meeting, they become friends and later discover just how intimately their histories are linked.

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1st Produced:
-    2006

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Genre:
Drama

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Not Exactly PC!

Synopsis:
A stand-up comedy routine, comprising of a series of one-liners commenting in bare-knuckled fashion on the politics of the time. The title was intended to attract an audience on the basis that the piece would cross politically correct boundaries at a time when there was a lot of self-censorship among artists.

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1st Produced:
-    1996

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1st Published:
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Genre:
comedy

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Rainbow Scars

Synopsis:
During the era of reconciliation, white, middle class Ellen Robinson adopted a three year old black baby, Lindwe. Fourteen years later, Lindwe is coming to terms with her life in changing South Africa; her future set, but her identity uncertain. Thought-provoking Rainbow Scars captures Lindwe's emotions as she is forced to confront her true heritage.

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1st Produced:
Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea    15 Oct 2014

Organisations:
Artscape Theatre Centre

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
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Genre:
Drama

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Some Mothers' Sons

Some Mothers' Sons
The play concerns two individuals who both experience violence in intensely personal manners; one, as a detainee during apartheid and the other, as a person living in a city now wracked by violent crime. As opposed to them being dismissed or forgotten as statistics, the play title reminds us that these are human beings; they are not faceless numbers, but rather, they are some mothers sons.

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1st Produced:

Organisations:
ABSA KKNK and Article 27

1st Published:
in At This Stage: Plays from Post-apartheid South Africa, Witwatersrand University Press (August 31, 2009)   978-1868144938

Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Male:  2            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Some Of Our Best Friends Are Cultural Workers

Synopsis:
Two cultural workers constitute the Cultural Wankers Congress (CWC). One of them also heads the Congress of Cultural Wankers (CCW) while the other serves on the fundraising committee of the Wankers Cultural Congress (WCC). The title is ironic, given that the play was written and performed by two relatively well-known cultural workers at the time, and it was intended to be a satirical self-reflection.

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1st Produced:
-    1992

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Genre:
comedy

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Tables Trilogy, The

Synopsis:
The Tables Trilogy comprises of three independent pieces, the unifying feature in each is the multi-functional use of tables. It explores universal issues rooted in local experience such as the cyclical nature of oppression and resistance (one group oppresses another, the oppressed come to rule and oppress others); truth and reconciliation, crime and the arms trade. It also satirizes the elusive promise of freedom, with directions to freedom being changed constantly, and freedom escaping from those who were just about to embrace it.

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1st Produced:
-    1999

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Genre:
play

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Two To Tango

Synopsis:
Andrew Stark and Liza Boyle have been married for sixteen years. And it shows. It shows in the way they take each other for granted. In their bickering about little things. And in their different expectations about sex.

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1st Produced:
-    2006

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1st Published:
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Genre:
Drama

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