The many sides to Alistair Izobell

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Alistair Izobell started his professional  career in the theatre when he was cast as Broertjie the newspaper vendor in the Kramer/Petersen musical District Six. While still a child he was chosen to perform “Children of the World” at the World Popular Song Festival in Tokyo in 1989. Two decades later Alistair is busier than ever, and loving every minute of it.

Jill Middelkop, Alistair Izobell and Larissa Hughes
Photo: Jesse Kramer

It has been several years since you played Broertjie in District Six. If you had to describe your professional career since then in one sentence, how would you put it?

My life and career has been an absolutely eventful journey, with the most awesome experiences, performances, characters and moments that I would not trade for anything.

Are you still having fun doing what you do? How do you balance everything, from being a radio presenter to a performer to a production company owner?

I love every second of what I do! It is filled with the most amazing challenges and magical moments that unfold as I create, produce and perform. Time and project management comes as easily as slicing bread. I have learnt to do what needs to be done when it needs to be done. I have an awesome family structure too that is supportive and keeps me grounded!

Your production company is called Alistair Izobell Productions. What are some of the past highlights that you’ve produced?

I have had many highlights with Alistair Izobell Productions, and would say that every product I have produced has been a highlight!

Your latest show, This is My Life, starring Karin Kortje, is currently being performed at the Baxter. What is it about?

This show (story) has been close to my heart for the longest time. I wanted to create a vehicle for Karen to be able to tell people her story. She has had some challenging moments in her life, and controversial publicity, and I wanted to reintroduce the mother, friend and wife to the public. It is a show that makes one understand this dynamic woman who survived the hardships of her upbringing to live the life she now leads in the spotlight. It is a celebratory show which is filled with warm, satirical moments while having a jol! A must see with an awesome cast of six musicians, three backing vocalists, the award-winning Loukmaan Adams, and Karin. Directed by Basil Appollis and musical direction by Camillo Lombard.

Tell us about the feedback you have received so far.

Exactly what I wanted: people are pleased because they have an insight into the life of someone whom they voted for, and perceptions about her have changed upon hearing the truth from the artist!

You can also be seen on stage yourself in Some Like It Vrot. Tell us about your character and how he fits into the plot.

I play a drag artist, Toni, who rescues the two main characters (Marc Lottering and Christo Davids) by disguising them as women so that they can hide from a thug who is after them. It is a fantastic show filled with wonderful and hilarious moments.

What does the rest of 2011 hold in store for you?

I have a new production that I am producing with Loukmaan Adams in the Baxter Studio from the 5th of December till the 7th of January. It is a full a capella show with Terry Fortune, Munier Adams, Nur Abrahams, Waseef Peikaan, Bongi and Loukmaan Adams, and is musically directed by Camillo Lombard. It is filled with awesome songs, the most talented young gentlemen and interesting percussive instrumentation.

Any exciting productions/appearances from you to look forward to in 2012?

A few international performances, and a big one ... Zayne Adams’s 50th anniversary at Grand West Arena on the 25th/26th of May 2012, with Marc Lottering, Terry Fortune, Zayne Adams, Terrence Bridgette, Ronnie Joyce, Sophia Foster, Karin Kortje, Loukmaan Adams and many more ... Tickets @ Computicket – already available!

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