Die reuk van appels

Die reuk van appels
17 OCT – 11 NOV 2017
TUE – FRI 8PM | SAT 4 & 8PM | R130 – R165
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Dates

    17 Oct 2017 - 11 Nov 2017
  • Time

    TUE – FRI 8PM | SAT 4 & 8PM
  • Price

    R130 – R165
  • Duration

    1 hour 30 minutes
  • Language

    Afrikaans with English surtitles
  • Cast

    • Gideon LombardMarnus Erasmus
  • Creative

    • Lara Bye Director
    • Mark Behr Author
    • Johann Smith Adaptation
    • Kosie SmitLighting Design
    • Gideon LombardSound Design
    • Johan van der MerweProducer – Theatrerocket Productions
    • Rudi SadlerProducer – Theatrerocket Productions

Die reuk van appels is the acclaimed 1993 debut novel of South African author Mark Behr. This seminal work was adapted for the stage and debuted in April 2017 at the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK) in Oudtshoorn, as adapted. Die reuk van appels is the coming-of-age story of Marnus Erasmus, 11-year-old son of a South African Defence Force (SADF) general. It eloquently captures the Afrikaner mentality in the late 1970s and early 1980s and the brutal consequences of apartheid and militarisation of South African life.
 
Upon publication and subsequent translation into English (as The Smell of Apples) that same year, this landmark Afrikaans novel catapulted Behr into the ranks of young and talented dissident voices such as Etienne van Heerden and Koos Prinsloo (Tony Eprile, New York Times). Before his untimely death on 27 November 2015, Behr was a professor of creative writing at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.
 
Since reading the novel for the first time, Johan van der Merwe of the newly established production company Theatrerocket has hankered to produce Die reuk van appels for the stage. When he teamed up with co- theatre afficionado Rudi Sadler in 2015, it was an obvious choice for their first venture as a production company.
 
Van der Merwe and Sadler have assembled a stellar team of theatre-makers to realise their dream. Johann Smith, versatile writer for stage and screen from Pretoria, has turned prize-winning novel into a viable theatre script. Gideon Lombard (...miskien, The View, Special Thanks to Guests from Afar, Orpheus in Africa) performs the role of the hapless Marnus under the guidance of award-winning director Lara Bye (Yellowman, London Road, Oscar en die Pienk Tannie, Vaslav), while Kosie Smit is responsible for the lighting design and Lombard, also a talented musician, for sound design. Die reuk van appels is Gideon’s acclaimed debut solo performance and he subsequently received the Best Actor Award at the 2017 Kanna Awards for his performance at KKNK.

Die reuk van appels is presented in Afrikaans with English surtitles. Please note: the show carries an age restriction of 16 and contains scenes with sex, nudity, strong language, violence and prejudice.

 


 

Die reuk van appels (1993) is die veelbekroonde debuutroman van die Suid-Afrikaanse skrywer Mark Behr. Hierdie seminale boek is vir die verhoog verwerk en het by die Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK) in Oudtshoorn gedebuteer in April 2017. Die reuk van appels is ‘n bildungsroman wat die verhaal vertel van Marnus Erasmus, die elfjarige seun van ‘n generaal in die Suid-Afrikaanse Weermag. Dit beeld op meesterlike wyse die Afrikanermentaliteit in die laat sewentigerjare en vroeë tagtigerjare uit, asook die brutale gevolge van apartheid en die militansie in Suid-Afrika gedurende hierdie tydperk.
 
Die roman en Engelse vertaling (The Smell of Apples), ook in 1993, is ‘n grensverskuiwende werk wat Behr in die geledere van jong en talentvolle skrywers soos Etienne van Heerden en Koos Prinsloo opgeneem het (Tony Eprile, New York Times). Met sy voortydige dood op 27 November 2015 was Behr ‘n professor in kreatiewe skryfwerk by die Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.
 
Vandat Johan van der Merwe (van die produksiemaatskappy Theatrerocket ) die roman die eerste keer gelees het, was dit sy droom om Die reuk van appels as ‘n verhoogstuk aan te bied. Toe hy met mede-teaterliefhebber Rudi Sadler in 2015 begin saamwerk het, was dit ‘n vanselfprekende keuse vir hulle eerste onderneming as ‘n produksiemaatskappy.
 
Van der Merwe en Sadler het ‘n gedugte span genader om hulle droom te bewaarheid. Johann Smith, ‘n veelsydige skrywer vir sowel die verhoog as die skerm het hierdie veelbekroonde roman omskep in ‘n toneelmatige verhoogteks. Gideon Lombard (...miskien, The View, Special Thanks to Guests from Afar, Orpheus in Africa) vertolk die rol van die grootoog Marnus onder leiding van die bekroonde regisseur Lara Bye (Yellowman, London Road, Oscar en die Pienk Tannie, Vaslav). Kosie Smit is verantwoordelik vir die beligtingsontwerp en Lombard, self ‘n talentvolle musikant, het die klankontwerp gehartig. Met Die reuk van appels maak Lombard sy hoogaangeskrewe solodebuut. Hy is vir sy rol in dié produksie aangewys as Beste Akteur tydens die Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK) 2017 se jaarlikse Kanna-toekennings.

Die reuk van appels word in Afrikaans aangebied met Engelse boskrifte. Let wel: die vertoning het 'n ouderdombeperking van 16 en bevat tonele met seks, naaktheid, krutaal, geweld en vooroordeel.

★★★★★ - Rapport
Die stuk het my aangegryp en ek dink nie ek het al ooit so gehuil in ‘n toneelstuk nie. Ek kan dit net met een word beskryf: Mokerslag. - Joke Debaere, Die Burger
Gideon Lombard is net die beste akteur wat ek in ‘n lang tyd gesien het. Die inhoud van die stuk is hartverskeurend. Ek het lanklaas iets so aangrypend gesien. - Jon Daamen, Die Burger
Die reuk van appels in ontroerende teater wat verpletter, en wat die staande applous – ná ‘n oomblik van verbysterende ongeloof en gehoorstomheid – verdien! - Christiaan J de Swardt, Litnet
★★★★★ - Rapport
Die stuk het my aangegryp en ek dink nie ek het al ooit so gehuil in ‘n toneelstuk nie. Ek kan dit net met een word beskryf: Mokerslag. - Joke Debaere, Die Burger
Gideon Lombard is net die beste akteur wat ek in ‘n lang tyd gesien het. Die inhoud van die stuk is hartverskeurend. Ek het lanklaas iets so aangrypend gesien. - Jon Daamen, Die Burger
Die reuk van appels in ontroerende teater wat verpletter, en wat die staande applous – ná ‘n oomblik van verbysterende ongeloof en gehoorstomheid – verdien! - Christiaan J de Swardt, Litnet

West Side Story

West Side Story
FROM 7 MAR 2018
TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | SUN 2 & 6 PM
Artscape Opera House
  • Dates

    07 Mar 2018 -
  • Time

    TUE – FRI 8 PM | SAT 4 & 8 PM | SUN 2 & 6 PM
  • Duration

    2 hours 30 mins
  • Cast

  • Creative

    • Matthew WildDirector
    • Charl-Johan LingenfelderMusical Director and Conductor
    • Louisa TalbotChoreography
    • Conor MurphySet Design
    • Joshua CuttsLighting Design
    • Birrie Le RouxCostume Design
    • Mark MalherbeSound Design

West Side Story returns to Cape Town in 2018! Bookings now open.

After receiving rave reviews across the board from critics and audiences alike, Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre’s smash hit production of West Side Story will return to Cape Town at the Artscape Opera House in 2018.

★★★★★ Flawless - City Press
★★★★★ Magic “West Side” slays the genre for SA - The Star Tonight
★★★★ A SA success story - The Cape Argus
★★★★ - Die Burger
Sets new standards for local grand-scale musicals - Die Beeld
It’s up there among the best theatre experiences in this city, of the decade - What's on in Joburg
A theatrical masterpiece - Stage and Screen
West Side Story is as good as musicals get - The Next 48 Hours
...raises the bar for musical theatre internationally. - Bizcommunity
…every bit as brilliant as any international production, if not better. - Daily Maverick
Whimsical, breathtaking, visually explosive … an overwhelming, heart-thudding theatrical performance you simply have to experience. - Theatre Scene CPT
The Fugard Theatre's production of West Side Story is a tour-de-force - LitNet
West Side Story has to be the hottest ticket in town. It sizzles. - Artslink

The Road to Mecca

The Road to Mecca
EARLY 2018
The Fugard Studio Theatre
  • Cast

    • Sandra PrinslooMiss Helen
    • Marius WeyersReverend Marius
    • Emily ChildElsa Barlow
  • Creative

    • Athol FugardWriter
    • Greg KarvellasDirector
    • Saul RadomskySet Design
    • Mannie ManimLighting Design
    • Birrie Le RouxCostume Design
    • Charl-Johan LingenfelderSound Design

Eric Abraham presents this Fugard Theatre production, which will run at the Fugard Theatre in March and April 2018 before transferring to the Market Theatre in Johannesburg for a limited season.

Sandra Prinsloo is Miss Helen (So Ry Miss Daisy, Oskar en die Pienk Tannie, The Gods Must Be Crazy, Miss Julie), Marius Weyers is Rev. Marius (The Fugard’s The Father, Oom Wanja / Uncle Vanya, Hamlet, Twee Grade van Moord, The Gods Must Be Crazy) and Emily Child is Elsa Barlow (The Fugard’s The Eulogists, The Pervert Laura, The Father). Direction will be by Greg Karvellas (The Fugard’s The Eulogists, Clybourne Park, The Father, Bad Jews and the forthcoming Shakespeare in Love). The production will be designed by Saul Radomsky (The Fugard’s Bad Jews, Clybourne Park, District Six – Kanala, The Painted Rocks At Revolver Creek) with lighting by Mannie Manim (The Fugard’s The Mother, The Painted Rocks At Revolver Creek, The Blue Iris) and costumes by Birrie Le Roux (The Fugard’s West Side Story, Kanala, The Father, The Mother, Clybourne Park, King Kong). Sound design will be by the Fugard’s resident Musical Director Charl-Johan Lingenfelder (The Fugard’s King Kong, West Side Story, The Rocky Horror Show, Cabaret, Funny Girl).

Inspired by Helen Martins, who lived in Nieu-Bethesda and created the now-famous The Owl House - which is designated a provincial heritage site – The Road to Mecca is the story of a woman's desire for personal and artistic freedom within the narrow confines of a conservative and highly religious community in the Karoo in early seventies apartheid South Africa.
 
Athol Fugard wrote this play in 1984, creating the lead role of Miss Helen for the late South African theatre star Yvonne Bryceland.
 
Legendary theatre critic Frank Rich writing in The New York Times about The Road to Mecca, commented “Road to Mecca examines the core of artistry... Artists are driven to forge their version of the truth even when they have no hope of an audience, even when they must work with the most humble of materials in the middle of nowhere. Artists are dangerous because they won't deviate from that truth, no matter what pressure to conform is applied by the society around them, reminding us that the artistic conscience is inseparable from the moral conscience.”

“We could think of no better way to mark Athol's 85th birthday in South Africa than with the Fugard Theatre's first production of The Road to Mecca with an extraordinary South African cast – theatre icons Sandra Prinsloo, Marius Weyers and the brilliant young Emily Child" says Eric Abraham, Founding Producer of the Fugard Theatre.

 “Athol Fugard has committed his career and life to restoring our sense of a common humanity. To masterfully pricking our consciences to the injustices of apartheid, inequality and the inadequacies of the new dispensation. His deeply rooted South African narratives resonate universally. A unique figure who was the first to create roles for all South Africans - especially for black actors. His narratives and indelible black characters profoundly changed the way millions of people world over viewed apartheid. Our theatre is proud to bear his name and strive to continue his legacy as a crucible of creativity and common humanity for all South Africans.”

Time Magazine regards Fugard as "the greatest active playwright in the English-speaking world". Athol Fugard was born in 1932 in Middelburg in the Karoo. An internationally acclaimed playwright director and occasional actor, for over half a century he has written almost forty soul-searing plays with roles for all South Africans which have moved audiences in South Africa and around the world to laughter and tears as they reflected the inhumanity of apartheid. His plays champion truth and a fundamental universal humanity. In 2011 he received the ultimate recognition from the world’s most prestigious theatre community - a Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre. He is also the author of four books and several screenplays. His plays include Blood Knot, Boesman and Lena, Master Harold and the Boys, The Train Driver, The Blue Iris and The Shadow of the Hummingbird. Many of his works have been turned into films with director Gavin Hood's Tsotsi, based on his 1980 short story of the same name won the 2005 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film - South Africa's first Academy award in this category. Athol’s work spans the period of apartheid in South Africa, through the first democratic elections, to Nelson Mandela’s presidency and into present-day, post-apartheid South Africa.

The recipient of numerous honorary doctorates and awards, Athol was awarded the prestigious Praemium Imperiale global arts prize for Theatre/Film by the Japan Art Association in 2014. One of the most performed playwrights in the world, he continues to direct and write plays. He shares his life with his wife the writer and academic Paula Fourie and their dog Jakkals.

The Road to Mecca will run at the Fugard in early 2018 before transferring to Johannesburg. The Fugard Theatre is situated in the heart of District Six, on the corner of Harrington and Caledon Streets, Cape Town.

Tickets, which will officially go on sale from Friday 7 July 2017, can be booked through the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554.  Pre-bookings are available by calling the theatre directly today! There is a generous 15% discount available for the Friends of The Fugard members.

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