Program

Peter Rabbit and Me
as told by Beatrix Potter

When: 05 – 20 February 2022
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Venue Imagination Theatre, National Children’s Theatre,
3 Junction Avenue, Parktown, 2193
Questions: cindy@nctheatresa.org.za or call 011 484 1584
Ages: Children from age 3 and families
Cost: Children R130

Puss in Boots

When: 6 March to 3 April 2022
Venue: Imagination Theatre, National Children’s Theatre,
3 Junction Avenue, Parktown, 2193
Questions: cindy@nctheatresa.org.za or call 011 484 1584
Ages: Children 3 and up
Cost: R135

Puss in Boots is no ordinary cat! Especially when she teams up with our hero Jack. Aimed at 4-8 year olds (Grade 00 – Grade 3), this is a delightful reimagining of an old story. 

NCT’s production tells the story of an old miller with three sons. When the miller dies, he leaves the eldest son the farm, his second son the mill, and the third son, Jack, a pair of boots and a cat. With no food, money, place to live, and even worse, no prospects, Jack is downcast. But not for long. To Jack’s amazement, Puss is determined that Jack will attain a fortune, a title and a beautiful princess as his bride. But will Puss really succeed? After all, Jack is only a Miller’s son, with no money, clothes or plans, and an evil Wizard to contend with. How on earth will he get the King’s permission to marry the princess? But once Puss has her boots on, nothing can stop her!

Themes: The major theme in this retelling of Puss in Boots is that everyone needs friends, and to have a friend you must be a friend. The show brings additional messages of the importance of creativity and the idea that dreams can come true—but you have to work to make them happen.

Innocence Lost

When: 03 – 13 May 2022
Venue: Tours to schools
Questions: cindy@nctheatresa.org.za or call 011 484 1584
Ages: 12 to 18

Human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery. It exists because people—and especially children—are open to being exploited, mostly through circumstances which are no fault of their own: poverty, lack of education and optimism, and loss of hope.

NCT is producing an educational program to help prevent child trafficking, by creating awareness amongst children aged 2 and up (Grade 6 and up) of the dangers and risks they face, and how to deal with possible would-be traffickers. This social play is based on a shocking, true trafficking story and culminates in a guided Q&A session, so children become aware and learn how not to be caught in dangerous situations.

Themes: The themes in Innocence Lost are: There are good people out there, not all men are bad, don’t be gullible—think clearly when offered too much. The show brings an additional message to our vulnerable, young teenagers of possible doorways to the future, but they must be worked for.

My Children! My Africa!

When: 3 May – 3 June 2022
Venue: State Theatre, Pretoria
Questions: eugene@statetheatre.co.za or call 012 392 4000

Set in 1985 South Africa, the play centres on the obstacles encountered by two young people whose friendship is challenged by the racial divide and the tensions of the society they live in—and it juxtaposes contradictory approaches to achieving racial equality.

NTC’s production, a matric setwork, explores the interaction and relationships between Thami, a gifted 17-year-old student, his teacher and mentor of many years, Mr. M., and Isabel, a confident and enthusiastic student who befriends Thami and Mr. M. during an inter-school debate. Thami and Isabel strike a competitive friendship and are enrolled to enter an English literature school quiz, but as the drilling for the competition advances, tension mounts. In this play, Fugard skillfully explores the continuous struggle between the political and the individual in the context of relationships fraught with unresolved personal conflict, frustration and loneliness. 

Themes: The themes in My Children! My Africa! are race, education, loyalty, friendship, childhood and coming of age, names and identity. A major topic for discussion is education vs. violence in the fight for freedom. Is there an answer? 

Zoë and The Gnomes

When: 8, 14 , 15, 21, 22 May 2022
Venue: National Children’s Theatre, 3 Junction Avenue, Parktown
Questions: cindy@nctheatresa.org.za or call 011 484 1584
Ages: 3+

Zoë and Emma love to go on adventures where they meet the most incredible characters!

In this adventure, Zoë and her owner Emma find themselves going on an exciting adventure with Zoë’s friends the Gnomes! They agree to help them out in finding the best mushroom yet for their Winter Festival, but unexpected events causes chaos and could lead to a catastrophe! Luckily, Zoë and Emma are there to save the day and all should be well again in the world of the Gnomes… or will it? Come and find out!

Themes: Friendship. Adventures.

A NCT Sing-Along Event: Musical Theatre Songbook

When: 28 May, 5, 11, 12 June 2022
Venue: National Children’s Theatre, 3 Junction Avenue, Parktown
Questions: cindy@nctheatresa.org.za or call 011 484 1584
Ages: for the whole family.

Cosy up and start the winter with a musical touch!

Following the success of the Christmas Carols Sing-Along event last year, National Children’s Theatre is very excited to host its first MUSICALS SING-ALONG event on the lawns of the outdoor IMAGINATION theatre.

Sing your heart out and get that feel good energy with at our fun-filled event featuring the most loved songs from your favourite musicals.

Guided by our regular theatre patrons, we have compiled your favourite musical hits spanning almost a century of musical theatre from The Sound of Music to Frozen, from Westside Story to Mamma Mia.

Themes: Family. Singing.

The Revealers

When: Touring in 2022
Venue: NCT tours to schools.
Questions: cindy@nctheatresa.org.za or call 011 484 1584
Ages: 10 – 15

Bullying is rife in our schools. Now is the time for schools, teachers, parents and families to intervene! 

NTC’s production centers on a realistic story for learners aged 10 – 14 (Grade 5 – Grade 9) and makes a powerful impact on raising awareness and changing the current culture in schools. It will help those who are being bullied to acquire the knowledge, courage and skills to stand up and speak out.  At the same time, it will help bullies recognize the harm they do to others, and to themselves. Finally, the play will also help onlookers realize that it is not acceptable to just observe bullying in action. South Africa needs upstanders not bystanders!

Themes: The main theme in The Revealers is the importance of revealing bullies, no matter whether you are the person being bullied or the onlooker or upstander. Crucially, the show reveals to children that it is possible to move on successfully from a bullying situation

Under the Baobab Tree

When: 19 June – 24 July 2022
Venue: Imagination Theatre, National Children’s Theatre,
3 Junction Avenue, Parktown, 2193
Questions: cindy@nctheatresa.org.za or call 011 484 1584
Ages: Children 3 and up
Cost: R135

The production delivers a charming selection of traditional stories, vibrant songs, pulsating rhythms, African drums and lively dance to educate and entertain all primary school learners (ages 3 and up).

In Under the Baobab Tree, the children find more wonderful surprises in the fantastic suitcase that their beloved Uncle Jack left them when he passed on. They enjoy their “treasures” and bring stories to life as they sing and dance under the baobab tree.

Three special stories:
The Adventures of Noko the porcupine and his friends, as they attend school for the first time. This heartwarming tale is the second in the series by Eleni Theodorou, a South African now living in Manhattan, and adapted for the stage by Moira Katz.

An intriguing retelling of Cinderella. In keeping with NCT’s philosophy of promoting self-reliance, self-esteem and independence, this Cinders doesn’t rely on a fairy godmother to get her to the ball! Oh, no! Instead, she uses her moxie and attends the celebration.

The well-known story of Stone Soup with a South African twist.

NCT’s professional, energetic and multi-talented cast takes audiences on an original, action-packed interactive jaunt, and point to essential life-lessons at the same time.

Themes: Lessons about values and friendship, about being creative and self-sufficient, and instilling a sense of pride in our rich, unique South African culture and heritage. This show values all of us as proud South Africans with a rich rainbow heritage and culture.

Vuyo and The Wolf

Shadow Puppet Show
Presented by Khanyisa Sigwanda
When: 30 July 2022
Venue: Inspiration Indoor Theatre, National Children’s Theatre,
3 Junction Avenue, Parktown, 2193
Questions: info@nctheatresa.org.za or call 011 484 1584
Ages: Children 3 to 7
Cost: R80

Join us again for our monthly rendez-vous with puppets! This time, discover an African folktale with beautiful characters in this shadow puppetry show.

Explore Vuyo’s journey in learning more about responsibility and honesty through uMkhulu Jacob’s guidance. Vuyo has to watch Uncle Jacob’s sheep, but he’s always late! And when he’s counting the sheep, he always falls asleep. Uncle Jacob knows Vuyo is a good boy, but when his sheep start to go missing, he knows something must be done. 

This one-person retelling of the classic Aesop’s Fable of The Boy Who Cried Wolf features Khanyisa Sigwanda who flits between characters with ease.

Utilizing physical theatre & shadow puppetry, Vuyo & the Wolf will delight youngsters and parents alike.

Cry the Beloved Country

When: 10 – 26 August 2022
Venue: NCT tours to schools
Questions: cindy@nctheatresa.org.za or call 011 484 1584
Cost: On request

Alan Paton’s story tells of a father’s journey from the rural highlands of Natal to the city of Johannesburg in search of his son. As a matric setwork (Grade 12), the show captures the extremes of human emotion, and Paton’s faith in human dignity in the worst of circumstances, which is both poignant and uplifting. 

NTC’s production brings to life the brutality of apartheid, with its unflinching portrayal of darkness and despair in South Africa, but still offers hope for a better future. The novel itself is a cry for South Africa, which we learn is beloved in spite of everything: a cry for its people, its land, and the tentative hope for its freedom from hatred, poverty, and fear.

Themes: The main theme of Cry, the Beloved Country develops the topic of injustice from racial conflict. The show brings additional messages around reconciliation between fathers and sons, reuniting family and nation, hope, freedom, emancipation, reconciliation, and basic Christian values.

The Railway Children

When: 29 August – 2 October 2022
Venue: Imagination Theatre, National Children’s Theatre,
3 Junction Avenue, Parktown, 2193
Questions: cindy@nctheatresa.org.za or call 011 484 1584
Ages: 5 and up
Cost: R135

All aboard! Full steam ahead! Find your travel companions and take your seats. Packed with intrigue, adventure, joy and triumph, NCT is for the first-time producing Nesbit’s beloved tale “The Railway Children” for children age 5 to grannies and grandpas who loved the story in their youth!

NTC’s production centres on three children whose lives change dramatically when their father is mysteriously taken away during the war. With no financial support they’re forced to move from wealthy and highbrow London to a modest cottage in the country, next to a railway station, where their main source of entertainment is watching the trains. The children make friends with the railway porter, Perks, and embark on a journey of discovery, friendship and adventure. But the mystery remains: where is Father, and will he ever return home? 

Themes: The main themes in The Railway Children are meeting misfortune with courage, maintaining an attitude of hope, and in the end, triumphing. The show brings additional messages of the importance of being creative and doing good in your community.

Library Lion (Zulu)

When: 22 February 2022 to 11 March 2022
Book now on Quicket to reserve your space
Venue Inspiration Theatre, National Children’s Theatre,
3 Junction Avenue, Parktown, 2193
Questions: cindy@nctt.org.za or call 011 484 1584
Ages: Children 7 to 17 and families
Cost: Children R120, Adults R130

Visits from the World of Dreams presented by
Tsholo Shounyane

When: 25 June 2022
Venue: Inspiration Theatre, National Children’s Theatre,
3 Junction Avenue, Parktown, 2193
Questions: info@nctheatresa.org.za or call 011 484 1584
Ages: 3 and up
Cost: R80

Join us again for our monthly rendez-vous with puppets! This time, meet Gosekwang, a little girl who can dream with her eyes open. She always sees all sorts of wonderful things from the dream world. But one day, all her images disappear and she sees something that frightens her. She and her brother then set on their quest to solve the mystery and to save their town from the threat that has arrived.

Redhill Arts Festival

When: 29 – 31 July 2022
Venue: Redhill School
Questions: info@nctheatresa.org.za or call 011 484 1584
Ages: 3 and up
Cost: From R50

NCT is proud to present Under The Baobab Tree and Sing Along: Musical Theatre Songbook.

Hope, The Rhino

When: 4 September – 2 October 2022
Venue: Imagination Theatre, National Children’s Theatre,
3 Junction Avenue, Parktown, 2193
Questions: info@nctheatresa.org.za or call 011 484 1584
Ages: 3 and up
Cost: R135

NCT is proud to present something new: A play from a story by twelve-year-old Taskeen Waddee. It’s the tale of Hope, the rhino calf, who grows up in the veld with her mother when suddenly, they’re attacked by poachers. 

Taskeen uses her imagination to describe the rhino calf’s journey through the harsh environment. She highlights the importance of the rhino horn to the rhino for its survival. Is there hope to save the white rhino from extinction? The story creates awareness around animal conservation and delivers hope for the future. It’s book worth keeping in all libraries to inspire children around the world. 

Themes: The themes in Hope, the Horn of Africa are developing an appreciation of the animal world, the environment, and the importance of animal conservation. The show brings additional messages of hope and inspiration to our next generation, and has a further message: Young writers have ideas and need to write their stories.

Seussical Jr.

When: 30 October – 18 December 2022
Venue: Imagination Theatre, National Children’s Theatre,
3 Junction Avenue, Parktown, 2193
Questions: info@nctheatresa.org.za or call 011 484 1584
Ages: 3 and up
Cost: R140

Seussical Jr. is based on the works of Theodor Seuss Geisel, the American children’s author who went by the pseudonym of Dr. Seuss. In this book, he weaves together his most famous tales and characters from at least fifteen of his books, especially Horton Hears a Who!Gertrude McFuzz, and Horton Hatches an Egg

NTC’s production will be loved by all, especially children aged 3-12 (Grade 000 – Grade 6). The story follows the adventures of Horton, an elephant who one day hears voices coming from a speck of dust. He soon discovers that within this tiny speck exists the smallest planet in the universe! On this miniscule planet lives a tiny race of creatures known as the Who. Although ridiculed by the other animals in the Jungle for believing in something he cannot see, Horton stubbornly persists in his belief that Whos exist. Traveling everywhere from the Jungle of Nool to McEligott’s Pool, we see colourful tales seamlessly brought together by Jojo, a young boy and “thinker of strange and wonderful thinks”. As each story unfolds, we marvel at the relevance of Seuss’s subtle themes.

Themes: The themes in Seussical are the importance of honesty, loyalty and friendship, and the vitality they offer. Seussical brings additional messages of identity, individuality and creativity.  The larger idea is that people who think differently can happily coexist.