Category Archives: Children’s Theatre

The Boy Who Cried Ninja is a delight

The youngsters who accompanied me to see The Boy Who Cried Ninja loved it.  They sat in the theatre at the end and demanded to see it again.  The cast, Taryn Bennett, James Cairns and Toni Morkel are fabulous.  They posed … Continue reading

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Goggas!

Jade Bowers directs the now well established South African children’s musical, Goggas, by Gillian Katz as adapted by the late Francois Theron. “Goggas” are what South African children call all creepy crawlies, but particularly insects.  This work features a British … Continue reading

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Pied Piper

I love the story of the Pied Piper with all its darkness as told by Robert Browning (1812-1889) in his epic poem, The Pied Piper of Hamelin.  The delightful version of Pied Piper at the National Children’s Theatre turns the … Continue reading

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Education still an inflammatory topic

Education is a hot topic in South Africa.  The declining standards, the apathy and lack of interest from (some) educators, particularly in the poorer provinces, like the Eastern Cape where Athol Fugard’s My Children! My Africa! is set albeit in … Continue reading

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Underneath a Magical Moon

I am no longer surprised by the excellence of the work of the National Children’s Theatre, under the skilled and imaginative direction of Francois Theron and his team.  I have come to expect it.  It does, however, still thrill me, … Continue reading

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Greenbusters, a toystore with a difference

The ancient Greek philosopher, Plato, wrote: “Do not keep children to their studies by compulsion but by play.” Gree Modern predictors of children who will go on to become successful adults  include three things – first, being read to often, … Continue reading

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Theatre in the township schools – with NCT and the US Consulate

On 25 November 2017, (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women), the international 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign kicks off yet again.  President Zuma has suggested that we should make this … Continue reading

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