The hit graphic novel Die Avonture van Bal-Oog en Brommel: Moord in Ixia Straat is now a fun, gripping theatre production which will premiere at the US Woordfees.
The play will be performed at the Hoërskool Lückhoff for three shows only on 7, 10 and 11 March at the Festival, before a run at the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK) from 28 – 31 March.
The graphic novel was officially launched in September 2017, Die Avonture van Bal-Oog en Brommel: Moord in Ixia Straat. It has developed a cult following and soled numerous copies. It chronicles the adventures of teenage buddies Bal-Oog and his best friend Brommel. The comic is written by Sjaka Septembir, illustrated by Willem Samuel and coloured by Swart Streep and has now been brought to life on stage, featuring some of the country’s top performers.
Produced by Swart Septembir, the production is adapted for the stage with text by actor, writer, director and producer Sjaka Septembir. Die Avonture van Bal-Oog en Brommel: Moord in Ixia Straat is directed by award-winning Gideon Lombard (Die Reuk van Appels, …miskien, The View, Suidooster) and stars Richard September (Rooivalk, Rondomskrik, Marat/Sade) as Brommel and De Klerk Oelofse (Liewe Heksie: Flower Power, Na-aap, Balbesit) as Bal-Oog, with live music by Gertjie Besselsen (Segs Vir Almal, Die Vlammende Fez, Die Storm).
The hilarious detective story is told in comic book style that will take you on an exciting roller-coaster journey with the loveable duo of Bal-Oog and Brommel.
Who murdered Kobus? What lies behind the murder? Bal-Oog and Brommel decide to investigate. When Boltjie – Bal-Oog’s dog – gets a sniff of something rotten, Bal-Oog and Brommel suddenly find themselves on an adventure filled with laughs and thrills – which leads them into the dark underworld of Milnerton.
To complicate matters, Bal-Oog is in love with Anja – murdered Kobus’s girlfriend. And what is this mysterious bowl? Is it linked to Kobus‘s murder?
“Bal-Oog and Brommel embark on their first detective adventure, which leads to a series of hilarious situations,” says Septembir. “Among all the excitement, they find they actually perhaps don’t want to save the world, and just want to enjoy their holiday and make music. I am very excited about the team bringing this story to life, which is going to be a visual and theatrical feast!”.
Die Avonture van Bal-Oog en Brommel: Moord in Ixia Straat is performed in Afrikaans.
Die Avonture van Bal-Oog en Brommel: Moord in Ixia Straat will be performed at the US Woordfees at Hoërskool Lückhoff on 7 March at 15:00, on 10 March at 20:30 and 11 March at 19:30. Tickets cost R100 – R120 at Computicket 0861 915 8000, online at www.computicket.com or R110 – R140 at the door.
The production will be performed at the KKNK at Griesselsaal on 29 March at 16:00; on 30 March at 18:30 and on 31 March at 20:00. Tickets cost R125 at Computicket 0861 915 8000, online at www.computicket.com or R140 at the door.
The production will also be performed at the Alexander Bar in Cape Town from 28 May to 2 June and at the Vrystaat Kunstefees from 9 to 14 July. The comic book will also be at FanCon on 28-29 April.
For further information about Bal-Oog en Brommel, www.bal-oog.co.za
“Die kunswerk is vaardig uitgevoer, die storie spannend … interesante karakters en heelwat aksie en intrige … die drukwerk is puik (en) ook die omslag met sy glansafwerking. Moord In Ixiastraat bevat verskeie sappige karakters: ‘n wulpse ma, nare skobejakke, ‘n parate polisieman en Bal-Oog … (en) bladsye waarin die uitleg treffend gebruik word met wisselende raamgrootte, karakters wat uit die grense van die raam breek en raampies wat vervorm e byvoorbeeld beweging aan te dui. Daar is viseule juwele, soos elke blougroen slymblerts op pad sypaadjie toe, die tikkoppe en Anja se ma in haar bra … Moord in Ixiastraat sou maklik op ‘n rak in België of Frankryk kon staan tussen die magdom strokiesverhaalboeke wat jaarliks daar gepubliseer word sonder om enigsins af te steek.“ – Dick Grobler, Rapport