Drarrie in de nacht
Do not ask what a Drarrie is – ask who Drarrie are. Four guys flirt with the night, but it remains unperturbed. The night does not allow itself to be trifled with. It waits patiently and strikes, mercilessly, when the time is right.
Junior Mthombeni, writer Fikry El Azzouzi and musician Cesar Janssens of the theatre company Jr.cE.sA.r opened last theatre season in Brussels with the multilingual theatre concert Malcolm X. The performance was received with much enthusiasm by audience and press alike and described as 'historic'. This time, the trio have opted to stage El Azzouzi's successful novel, Drarrie in de nacht. The writer won the Ark Prize of the Free Word for the highly acclaimed novel which was published in German as Wir da draußen. From 2018 you’ll even be able to find the Spanish translation on the shelves of bookshops in Buenos Aires (wayoow!).
The formula for Drarrie in de nacht has been tested and approved. There will be hip hop; there will be slam poetry. The beats will be produced live, and the languages will flow abundantly. The protagonist, Ayoub – played by none other than the writer himself – and his friends roam through the city and lead you into the night, through loneliness and sadness, through anger and fear. Apart from each other, they have no one to trust or to rely on.
Saïd Boumazoughe is a member of the NoMoBS (No More Bullshit) hip hop collective, which scored more than 500,000 views on YouTube with Zehma, their first homemade video clip. NoMoBS rap in Dutch, French, English and Arabic. An encounter with Junior Mthombeni led to their musical collaboration on the play Troost, and the collective’s own production, Wachten op Gorro. Said Boumazoughe also acted in Reizen Jihad, Malcolm Xand Drarrie in de nacht. He also performed in the film Patsers, directed by Hollywood directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah.
Sabri Saad El Hamus
Sabri Saad El Hamus is an actor and the artistic head of De Nieuw Amsterdam (DNA). He has previously performed together with Junior Mthombeni in Hannibal and Amigos by 't Arsenaal mechelen and PAX Europa by DNA. He also takes on important roles in the KVS productions Malcolm Xand Drarrie in de nacht.
Junior Akwety comes from Kinshasa and is a rapper, singer- songwriter and producer. At the start of his musical career he was a member of the LO Squad hip hop group. In 2005 he set up Kifanisu, his own label, and among other things brought out the first album by the well-known rapper- rasta Ghandi, with whom he still regularly shares the stage. Junior also performed in Rumble in da Jungle and Malcom X, earlier productions directed by Junior Mthombeni. In 2017 he took on one of the lead roles in Drarrie in de nacht. In 2018 he plays Sancho Panza in the musical L’Homme de La Mancha.