Tag Archives: Francois Theron

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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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

I love it when theatre magic happens, and Francois Theron, the artistic director of the National Children’s Theatre, together with his incredibly talented creative team, is a maker of his own particular brand of theatre magic. The exceptionally clever adaptation … Continue reading

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The Adventures of Mr Toad

As a small child I didn’t enjoy books with anthropomorphised animals. Beatrix Potter series and Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows left me unmoved. In fact, when I berated my father for not introducing me to Beatrix Potter he … Continue reading

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Under the Baobab Tree

Stan Knight, set designer for the National Children’s Theatre, made a baobab tree for a corporate event.  They didn’t want it after the event so he donated it to the National Children’s Theatre.  Artistic Director, Francois Theron, applied his mind … Continue reading

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Goggas!

A delightful South African children’s musical about an alien species, a British Monarch Butterfly, Lady Caroline, who arrives in South Africa on the hat of the South African Ambassador’s wife. She meets our local insect life, tastes our local delicacies … Continue reading

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Picture This: Teens HIV/AIDS and Drugs

One of the biggest threats to the future of young people in South Africa is the ongoing problem of HIV infection. South Africa is still the country with the most HIV positive people in the world – 5.6 million people … Continue reading

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