Winnie the Pooh Kids

When: 12 March to 10 April
Venue: Illumination Theatre, National Children’s Theatre,
3 Junction Avenue, Parktown, 2193
Questions: or call 011 484 1584
Ages: 3 upwards

Cost: R140 per adult and R120 per child

Winnie the Pooh Kids is based on the beloved characters of A.A. Milne. Although Winnie is a cuddly bear, he is the best friend a child could have. Welcome to the Hundred Acre Wood, where a new adventure is about to begin. Winnie is once again in search of honey. Along the way, he meets his pals, Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit and Owl, and off they go, looking for their best friend Christopher Robin. But Christopher Robin isn’t to be found and to their horror they see a note and detect that Christopher Robin has been captured by the mysterious Backson. As they prepare for a rescue operation, the animals learn about teamwork, friendship, and sharing snacks, but of course nothing works out as planned! Fortunately, in the end, Christopher Robin shows up, and solves the mystery.

Themes: The importance of friendship, positivity, empathy and gratitude, as well as the importance of education, taking pleasure in the simple things in life, getting along with everyone and embracing your individuality. 


The Hobbit

When: 16 April to 21 May 2023

Venue: Indoor Inspiration Theatre, National Children’s Theatre,
3 Junction Avenue, Parktown, 2193
Questions: or call 011 484 1584
Ages: 7 and up
Cost: R140 per adult, R120 per child

The Hobbit is a children’s fantasy novel by English author J. R. R. Tolkien. It was published in 1937 to wide critical acclaim—it remains popular and is recognized as a classic in children’s literature. This one-hour version is a suspenseful, fast-moving journey through Middle Earth by the home-loving hobbit, Bilbo Baggins. When Gandalf the Wizard knocks at Bilbo’s door, bringing with him Thorin Oakenshield, eleven ragged looking dwarfs, and a contract for an adventure to recover the lost treasure of Lonely Mountain, now guarded by Smaug the dragon, Bilbo could not be less interested—at first. But Bilbo is persuaded and before he knows it, he’s off on a perilous quest over a mountain and under hill, through caves and forests until the final resolution, not only for Bilbo but for all the Hobbits who inhabit Middle Earth, endearing the story in the hearts of children and adults who continue to enjoy this introduction to Lord of the Rings. Personal growth (maturity, competence, and wisdom, applying one’s wits and common sense), heroism, understanding how greed destroys the human soul. Motifs of warfare.

Themes: Combining the imaginative power of play with elements of mime, clowning and more, Balloonacy is a no-dialogue, one-performer show that presents a series of comical and touching moments where the old man and the balloon explore the power of friendship and discover how, with a little imagination and acceptance, companionship can come from the most unlikely places. Children will be utterly charmed.  


The Tempest

When: 8 May to 2 June 2023

Venue: On tour to schools in and around Gauteng and possibly nationally
Questions: or call 011 484 1584
Ages: Children in Grade 11 and 12
Cost: R120

The Tempest, a set work for matric students in 2023, as Shakespeare’s last play, is often considered his farewell to the stage. Banished from his dukedom by his usurping brother, Prospero lords over an enchanted isle and raises a tempest that shipwrecks his enemies on its shores. Ariel leads the shipwrecked Ferdinand, the King’s son, to Prospero’s cell, where he and Miranda fall instantly in love—and Prospero questions his values. In the betrothal of Ferdinand and Miranda, the rift between Naples and Milan is healed. Finally, Prospero in his own persona as the Duke of Milan forgives his enemies, grants Ariel his freedom and prepares to leave the island for Milan and his restored Dukedom. Shakespeare’s masterpiece has both comedy and tragedy elements and pits the desire for revenge against the demands of love. It deals with redemption and the rediscovery of kindness. It is about transformation: from tears to laughter, from cruelty to forgiveness, from enslavement to freedom.

Themes: Questioning our values: How do we find a way through the unquestionable wrongs others have done us? How do we manage our own values–often justified– anger and hurt? What must we do to settle the past? How do we find reconciliation, forgiveness and repentance?  


Curious Thandeka and the secrets of the forest

Petrus Productions (Jannie Swanepoel)

When: 25 Feb at 14:00

Venue: National Children’s Theatre, 3 Junction Avenue, Parktown, 2193

Questions: or call 011 484 1584
Ages: 3 and up
Cost: R100

Puppets can tell all kind of stories and this time we invite you to follow the Curious Thandeka as she explores the secrets of the forest. It’s bed time but Thandeka can’t sleep. She has a lot of questions that only her granddad can answer. Why does Ostrich have a long neck? Why does frog have such a funny croak? Why does the tortoise use its shell as a house? Come and tiptoe through the forest with Thandeka as she makes exciting discoveries about the forest. This is an enchanting marionette show with incredible, entertaining puppet characters.
Recommended for audiences ages 2 years and older, Balloonacy is an amusing 45-minute mime show written by Barry Kornhauser, an award-winning playwright recognized for his many contributions to the cultural enrichment of children. The old man is played by the supremely talented Craig Morris. Balloonacy follows the story of a grumpy old man celebrating his birthday alone, when a magical balloon appears at his window. Set in his solitary ways, everything changes for him when he is forced to share his home with this zippy, lively balloon, which teases him out of his solitary funk.
Themes: Environmental and animal awareness. Friendship. New behaviours.