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Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Junkets Publisher has produced Mike van Graan’s play Rainbow Scars in paperback.

“Mike van Graan is, since the early work of Athol Fugard, South Africa’s finest working playwright,” says Junket’s Robin Malan. “He is, without doubt, a highly respected figure in the South African theatre and arts community. This play belongs in all public libraries, and in high school and university libraries.”

The play deals with a young born-free black girl adopted into a white family – with the best of intentions, of course. Inadvertently, this brings about an alienation from her township family. The catalyst in attempting to resolve this situation is her cousin Sicelo, who finally succeeds in making contact with both Lindiwe and her adoptive mother Ellen. The play raises many pertinent and very contemporary issues that South Africans either are battling with at the moment or definitely need to be! The play won an Ovations Award at the National Arts Festival in 2013.

The book contains a biographical note of Mike van Graan and a list of all his plays as well as an interesting note by the playwright. The stage history of the play is given, covering its first production in the Artscape Arena and its subsequent production at the Market Theatre. Alongside the full text of the play are production credits and casting.

Rainbow Scars is produced by Junkets Publisher. Price R80. ISBN 9780992179144 For more information visit