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Die Reuk van Appels

Runaway hit celebrates 100th show at The Fugard Theatre

Gideon Lombard  Having received almost twenty awards and nominations, the acclaimed production Die Reuk van Appels returns to The Fugard Studio Theatre for a limited run from 23 October 2018.

Following a sensational national tour and international debut, the runaway success Die Reuk van Appels celebrates its incredible 100thperformance as part of its next Cape Town run. The multiple award-winning play will be presented from 23 October 2018 until 17 November 2018 at The Fugard Studio Theatre and is performed in Afrikaans with English subtitles.

Die Reuk van Appels is the acclaimed 1993 debut novel of South African author Mark Behr. Presented by Theatrerocket Productions and adapted for the stage by Johann Smith, it stars Gideon Lombard  from MiskienThe ViewSpecial Thanks to Guests from AfarOrpheus in Africa and Suidooster, and is directed by Lara Bye, known for projects such as YellowmanLondon RoadOscar en die Pienk Tannie and Vaslav.

Since the production’s premiere at the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK) last year, it has received almost twenty awards and nominations. Among these are Best Actor at KKNK, as well as Best Actor in a Solo Performance at all three of the major South African awards – the Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards, Naledi Theatre Awards and kykNET Fiësta Awards (2018).

Director Lara Bye won the Best Director kykNET Fiësta Award; playwright Johann Smith won the award for Best Adaption of an Existing Work while the production was awarded the coveted Best Overall Production of the Year. The production celebrates its incredible 100thperformance on 3 November 2018, during The Fugard Studio Theatre run.

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. Before his untimely death on 27 November 2015, Behr was a professor of creative writing at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.  With the success of the stage adaption, new interest has been generated about the novel, and the publishers have decided to print another impression of Die Reuk van Appels. 

There is an age restriction of 16 that includes sex, nudity, strong language, violence and prejudice.


Die Reuk van Appels

Fugard Studio Theatre

23 October 2018 to 17 November 2018

Tuesdays to Saturdays at 8pm with a 3pm matinee performance on Saturdays

Tickets range from R130 to R165

Book directly through the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554 or online at www.thefugard.com

Visit the cosy ground-floor bar for a before and after show drink and delicious snacks. If the weather plays along, enjoy the panoramic city views from the Fugard Theatre’s fantastic rooftop bar. There is secure parking for a small fee directly opposite the Fugard Theatre in Harrington Square.


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