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On Tuesday 22 May 2018, the journalist and author Hans Pienaar staged a reading at JIAS of his latest play, ‘My Brother My Hero’. Hans is a 2018 JIAS Writing Fellow. This is his first new work since ‘The Good Candidate’, which was written in 2014.


The brother of a sports hero who is in jail after having killed his girlfriend has a huge dilemma. Must he reveal crucial evidence in the case that he has hitherto kept to himself, or must he destroy it? Issues around the pitfalls of celebrity, sexual identity, sibling rivalry, and what it means to be human are explored in this one-hander.

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