Die Reuk van Appels

Gideon Lombard in Die Reuk van Appels.

Die Reuk van Appels has its Cape Town premiere at The Fugard Studio Theatre, with a run from Tuesday October 17 to Saturday November 11.

The play is performed in Afrikaans with English subtitles and is based on the 1993 debut novel of the same name by the late SA author Mark Behr. The novel was later published in English as The Smell of Apples.

Adapted for the stage by Johann Smith, it stars Gideon Lombard and is directed by Lara Bye.

The production premiered at the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK) this year, with Lombard winning the Best Actor Award at the 2017 Kanna Awards for his role as Marnus.

Die Reuk van Appels is the coming-of-age story of Marnus Erasmus, the 11-year-old son of a South African Defence Force (SADF) general.

It captures the Afrikaner mentality in the late 1970s and early 1980s and the brutal consequences of apartheid and militarisation of South African life.

There are performances on Tuesdays to Saturdays, at 8pm, with a 4pm matinee on Saturdays. Tickets for the previews and on Tuesday cost R130; Wednesdays R155 and Thursday to Saturdays tickets cost R165.

Book through Computicket at 0861 915 8000, online at www.computicket.com or at any Shoprite Checkers outlet. Or call The Fugard Theatre box office at 021 461 4554. There is a 15% discount for the Friends of The Fugard members.