Category Archives: Children’s Theatre

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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God bless us, everyone!

Last night I had my first Christmas 2017 gig.  It was the official opening of the delightful A Seussified Christmas Carol at the National Children’s Theatre in Parktown. One of the most famous of all Christmas reads is the Charles … Continue reading

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Snow White – the Ballet

Snow White is the 1812 (revised in 1854) retelling of an old German fairytale by the Brothers Grimm where a young princess is so beautiful that her evil and jealous stepmother, the Queen, decides to kill her.  However, Snow White’s … Continue reading

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