Die reuk van appels

Die reuk van appels

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17 OCT – 11 NOV 2017
TUE – FRI 8PM | SAT 4 & 8PM | R130 – R165
The Fugard Studio Theatre

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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.

Reviews

★★★★★ - 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

Dates & Times

  • 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 & Creative

  • 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

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