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 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 a 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.

Directed by award winning actor and director Philip Rademeyer. Philip’s work has been performed at the Artscape and Market Theatre, as well as various festivals and independent theatres across South Africa. The View and Siembamba played in Europe (at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival and the Amsterdam Fringe Festival respectively), and The View and Ashes have been published by Junkets Publishers. His work has received numerous local and international awards. Most recently Wild won two 2017 WoordTroFees and a kykNET Fiësta, Klippe Wat Val was the best Woordfees debut production in 2018, Monsieur Ibrahim en die Blomme van die Koran appeared on the Main Festival at the National Arts Festival, Weerkaats won the Hartsvriende Best Production at Aardklop 2017, and as was nominated for two kykNET Fiëstas in 2017. The Graveyard won a Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award at the 2016 National Arts festival. From 2012 to 2016 he was co-creative head of the acclaimed theatre collective, Rust Co-Operative.

“The Market Theatre is constantly looking for ways to push the envelope, and challenges itself to be brave as a production house by searching for new and exciting content to present a stimulating programme”, says Zama Buthelezi, the Brand & Communications Manager for the Market Theatre Foundation.

Artistic Director James Ngcobo adds, “this is part of a very clear vision to create an exciting, inclusive and diverse way of programming. The Theatre made a bold commitment four years ago when it pledged to become the home of Afrikaans theatre in Johannesburg”.

Monsieur Ibrahim en die blomme van die Koran is a universal story that will captivate Market Theatre audiences and Dawid Minnaar delivers an exceptional portrayal if the rich characters in the show.


Lighting Design
Stage Manager

Dawid Minnaar

Hugo Theart
Philip Rademeyer
Philip Rademeyer
Malebo Mokoto

Age Rec:
Ticket Prices:
Performance times:

90 minutes
13 (L)
13 – 30 September 2018
The Barney Simon Theatre
Tuesday – Sunday R90.00 – R150.00
Tuesday – Saturday @20h15
and Sunday @15h15

To make block bookings, please contact
Anthony Ezeoke on 011 832 1641 ext 203

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