On Saturday morning’s edition of Saturday’s Role With Reno, host Renos Spanoudes spoke to Dawid Minnaar about Monsieur Ibrahim en die Blomme van die Koran.
Monsieur Ibrahim en die Blomme van die Koran by Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt (Afrikaans translation by Naòmi Morgan) is a riveting Afrikaans production developed by Nati and Kunste Onbeperk. The acclaimed production will have its Gauteng premiere at the Market Theatre in partnership with Transnet. The limited season from 13 – 30 September 2018 affirms the Market Theatre’s commitment of broadening the diversity of audiences and languages in productions that are presented at the iconic institution.
Legendary South African actor Dawid Minnaar will play various characters in this enthralling one-man show. Minnaar started his professional acting career in 1981 when he joined the then South West African Performing Arts Council (SWAPAC). Dawid has appeared on numerous times at local and international theatre festivals throughout his career. He returns to the Market after a successful season of Athol Fugard’s The Train Driver where he starred alongside John Kani. Minnaar has received numerous nominations for his performance in this role, including the best actor KKNK Kanna nomination and a KykNET Fiëste Theatre Award Nomination for best performer in a solo production.
Monsieur Ibrahim en die blomme van die koran (Monsieur Ibrahim and the flowers of the Koran) is set in the Jewish Quarters of Paris in 1960. The story of a troubled young Jewish boy, Momo, begins where a friendship develops between him and the local lonely shop owner, Monsieur Ibrahim. Momo’s hilarious but also heart-breaking story starts when he loses his virginity at age 11 at a brothel. Momo finds comfort in conversations with Monsieur Ibrahim, who offers advice and teaches the young boy that there is more to life than sex and stealing groceries from his shop. When Momo’s dad, a passive-aggressive lawyer – disappears and is later found dead, his new struggles as an orphan starts. The two of them decide to go on a road trip to Monsieur Ibrahim’s birthplace. This brings them to the biggest crossroads of their lives. This is a beautiful story about friendship, religion, life and death and that life’s lessons happens when we least expect it.
Listen to the interview with Dawid Minnaar here:
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