Production List

With over 60 productions from all over the world there is a variety to offer young audiences of all ages. Click on the titles below to see more information. 

*Information below is subject to change


A Mano (Spain)

A Mano (By Hand) is a tender and delicate performance, a theatrical diamond that is a tribute to arts and artisans.

It is the story of a very small but very special hero with a great desire to escape from his pottery shop window and those who live there with him. Told with beautifully crafted clay characters and remarkable artistry, A Mano is a touching and life-affirming story about love, small failures, a potter's wheel and four hands at play.

El Patio Teatro build, model, write, direct and play. Together, they create moving, reflective and beautifully original performances inspired by stories from everyday life and by the lives of objects around them.

El Patio Teatro
Direction
Julián Sáenz-López
Izaskun Fernández
Design
Julián Sáenz-López
Izaskun Fernández
Performance
Julián Sáenz-López
Izaskun Fernández
Tour manager
Ana Sala

Venue
Baxter Theatre Centre, The Golden Arrow Studio

Thurs. 18 May
12h00

Fri. 19 May
12h30
18h 30

Sat. 20 May
11h00

Recommended Age
Family
7+ years old

Duration: 45 minutes

Language: Non-verbal 


Animal Farm (South Africa)

Seven decades have passed since the first publication of Orwell’s Animal Farm, yet the plight of Manor Farm and its animal denizens is ever relevant in contemporary South Africa. 

Dressed in what seems to be the broken fatigues of guerrillas, the characters embrace both political identity and farm-animal-hood, teetering between the two in terms of their articulated values and increasing hypocrisy. 

Muriel the goat and Clover the sheep effectively act as the narrators in the aftermath of the uprising.

The fiery energy that exists between the all women cast is palpable, and offers a fresh approach to critically examining patriarchal and deeply masculine political systems, and forms of storytelling. 

Nobulali Productions / Shakexperience
Direction
Neil Coppen
Performance
Mpume Mthombeni
Tshego Khutsoane
MoMo Matsunyane
Mandisa Nduna
Zesuliwe Hadebe
Khutjo Bakunzi-Green

Venue
Artscape Theatre

Wednesday 17 May
12h00

Thursday 18 May
10h00

Friday 19 May
10h00
19h30

Saturday 20 May
19h30

Recommended Age
16+ years old

Duration: 90 minutes

Language: English


Anziehsachen (Germany)

Anziehsachen (Clothes) is designed for children’s first contact with theatre.

A man and a woman, an old record player, a washing line and a large bag filled with wonderful things is all that is needed for the fun to begin.

All sorts of exciting things happen. Two very different people try to fit together. They play with different roles and they test their limits. They sing together, they dance, and they tease each other. With all the clothes they have, they try the possibilities of transformation. 

With live songs from Henry Purcell’s Baroque opera “The Fairy Queen” this production does not only make children dream, but adults too!

"Most of the kindergarden youngsters that had taken seat on cushions in the Forum-Studio never had heard such songs and all the more live. But even diaper wearers cock their ears, open wide their mouths and eyes and were amazed and enchanted by this quiet and tender mood spread by Susanne Schyns and Michael Meyer who sang and played…. So you can leave the young spectators wanting for more. The young audience is not likely to forget too soon this theatrical experience."
Rheinische Post

Theatrehaus Frankfurt   
Design and Direction
Melanie Florschütz
Michael Döhnert    
Performance
Michael Meyer
Susanne Schyns

Venue
Baxter Flipside

Sunday 21 May
14h30
16h30

Monday 22 May
12h00
14h00 

Recommended Age
3-6 years old

Duration: 35 minutes

Language: Non-verbal


Caban ZA (South Africa)

Caban is an on-going research performance in which we invite artists/musicians of different backgrounds to improvise together in relation to the installation modules, the space and of course the very inquisitive audience of children from 3 months to 3 years old. 

A cosy play area, an oasis of peace containing a nest, a sleeve tunnel house, a bamboo hut, a camp, a ladder tent, etc. In-between playing, building and discovering, incredulous eyes, busy hands, open mouths, small steps carried along at their own tempo by what they see, hear and feel.

“Caban is a laboratory that allows itself to be a performance at the same time”

Theater De Spiegel  
Concept
Karel van Ransbeeck
Scenography
Wim Van de Vyver
and
Andy Jones
Jessica Mias of
Shrinkray Puppets
Performance
Karel Van Ransbeeck
Nicolas Ankouninoff
Ncebakazi Mnukwana
Kudakwashe Kangomb

Venue
Baxter Theatre Foyer

Thursday 25 May
10h00
11h30

Friday 26 May
10h00
12h00

Saturday 27 May
10h00
12h00 

Recommended Age
3 months -3 years old

Duration: 60 minutes

Language: Non-verbal


Dear Mr Government, Please May I Have A Meeting With You Even Though I'm Six Years Old? (South Africa)

Two little girls meet in a hostel for evictees and homeless foreign nationals. Girl A: expert on the government protocols for securing meetings with VIP’s; her explanations revolve around someone she calls ‘Government.’ ‘Government’ writes letters that stop people from meeting with important figures, doesn’t listen to her prayers and sends ‘demons’ in the night to burn little girls who steal things like ‘jobs’ and ‘business.’ Girl B: obsessed with cooking, smells, ingredients and lunchboxes, to which she attaches labels like ‘good girl’ and ‘clean Indian lady.’ Her ingredients transform identities: onions for grandmothers, celery for tall dry women, garlic that makes you smell like a ‘foreigner.’

Umthunzi Holdings &
University of Johannesburg
Direction
Jessica Lejowa
Script
Jessica Lejowa
Cheraé Halley
Bongile Lecoge-Zulu
Performance
Cheraé Halley
Bongile Lecoge-Zulu

Venue
Baxter Theatre Centre,
The Masambe

Tuesday 23 May
11h00
14h00

Wednesday 24 May
10h00
12h00

Thursday 25 May
14h00

Recommended Age
10+ years old

Duration: 60 Minutes

Language: English


Ekhaya (South Africa)

Ekhaya (Home) is an expression of the relationship of children towards home. 

It delves into their understanding of being ‘’at home’’, in various contexts, and explores their associated feelings using age appropriate language, song, and clear imagery. 

The songs are catchy and draw on diverse South African musical styles and the children sing the songs long after the actors have left! 

“[Ekhaya] was wonderful. The children were glued to watching the actors, and laughed their way through the performance. The actors were so gentle and loving towards the children… magical experience – it was fantastic!” Jackie Hope, Social Worker, Nazareth House, Cape Town
“The show was wonderful. Very age appropriate and kept our children interested.” Kim Cooper, Educator, Peter Pan Dow Syndrome Centre, Maitland.

Magnet Theatre
Direction
Koleka Putuma
Jennie Reznek (Mentor)
Design
Francesco Nassimbeni
Performance
Jason Jacobs
Babalwa Makwetu
Nolufefe Ntshuntshe
Luvo Tamba

Venue
Baxter Upstairs Rehearsal Room 

Wednesday 17 May
10h00
12h00

Thursday 18 May
10h00
12h00

Saturday 27 May
16h30 

Recommended Age
3-6 years old

Duration: 35 minutes

Language: Non-verbal


Fingers And Toes, My Body Knows (South Africa)

See the trailer here

“Fingers and Toes, My Body Knows!” is a playful, mesmerising dance production for a very young an audience. The performance tells a story of touch, and rediscovering how intelligent our bodies are at perceiving the world around us.

By balancing both abstract and character-based performance styles, the work is absorbing and delightful for all ages, but is particularly relevant for little ones who see themselves and their own experiences mirrored by the performance language. “Fingers and Toes” was created in South Africa by multi-award winning choreographer-director Nicola Elliott. 

Nicola Elliot
Choreography
Nicola Elliot
Performance
Jori Snell
Siphumeze Khundayi

Venue
Artscape Rehearsal
Room 207

Wednesday 24 May
10h00
11h45

Friday 26 May
10h00
11h30

Baxter Upstairs Rehearsal Room

Saturday 27 May
10h00
12h30

Recommended Age
0-4 years old

Duration
40 minutes

Language
Non-verbal 


Full Moon (Lebanon)

Inspired by the story of the prophet Joseph (Surah "Yusuf" of the Quran) also known in the Bible and the Jewish writings,

Full Moon is a reaction to the atrocities committed every day in the name of religion.

This performance beautifully combines puppetry and shadow theatre. It begins with the voice of the wolf telling us his own story. While remembering his hunting adventures, he recalls that dark night when he fell in a trap laid by men with dark minds and hearts made of stone.

In the middle of darkness and dryness, he sees a dazzling light. It is the boy with green fingers and white heart, and his father whose insight is larger than all that of humanity combined…

Khayal Association for Arts And Education

Direction
Karim Dakroub
Direction Assistance & Lighting design
Fouad Yammine
Set & Puppet Design
Walid Dakroub
Script
Karim Dakroub
Performers
Ekatrina Dakroub
Walid Jaber
Serena Chami

Venue
City Hall 1

Monday 22 May
10h00
12h00

Tuesday 23 May
10h00
12h00

Recommended Age
6+ Years Old

Duration
55 minutes

Language
English


Gretel And Hansel (Canada)

When Hansel arrives, it upsets the balance of Gretel’s life completely. Her little brother has turned everything upside down. When their parents abandon them in the forest and they end up at the witch’s house, she is very tempted to push him into the oven with their jailer and get rid of him forever...
By what tortuous route does one become a big sister?

The little brother in the belly of the hag.
The succulent, nicely fattened little brother who ends up on
a plate
Between a knife and fork.
That will teach him to say “me, too,” “me, too,”
for anything and everything.

“By making something new out of an old archetype, Suzanne Lebeau brings audiences to experience unexpected emotions and has surpassed herself in her writing, which is still just as precise and colourful, full of plot twists and games, and appealing to the intelligence of her young audience. The work of a pro.” Josée Lapointe, La Presse

Le Carrousel, compagnie de théâtre
Direction
Gervais Gaudreault
Script
Suzanne Lebeau
Design
Milena Buziak  
Performance
Émilie Levesque
Jean-Philip Debien

Venue
Baxter Flipside

Friday 19 May
10h00
15h00

Saturday 20 May
10h00
14h00

Recommended Age
Family
5+ years old  

Duration
55 minutes

Language
English


Insta-grammar (South Africa)

Insta-grammar is a heart-wrenching story about speaking and keeping love in the whirlwind Instagram and SnapChat era. Two teen lovers are made to ask what is real or not when a relationship crosses the line between online and real life.

It all went down on the DMs. A double tap here, and only a little low-key ista-stalking there. Side stepped the catfish and tracked relationship statuses daily. Likes became tags, and then all those tags dropped an L-bomb comment: 'Love that track' which ripped the world in two. Everyone could see it. A scroll down our timelines had it all there. Click. Facebook official. The whole world watching their love, double-tapping their approval and envy. It was perfect. Until that one, unfaithful ‘Like’ from an outsider appear.

Drama For Life
Direction
Hamish Neill

Venue
Cultural Hub Guga S'Thebe

Saturday 20 May
17h00

Sunday 21 May
17h00

Recommended Age
13+ years old

Duration
60 minutes

Language
English


It's Dark Outside (Australia)

Itʼs Dark Outside explores Alzheimerʼs/dementia, an illness close to home for many people. As of 2010, there are an estimated 35.6 million people living with dementia worldwide.

An old man wanders into the wild. As the sun sets, he is swept up in a surreal western, on the run from a mysterious tracker hell-bent on hunting him down. The unique performance combines puppetry, animation and physical theatre
ʻMemory loss has rarely had such a novel treatment, approached with poetic insight and lightness of touch that makes it moving and uplifting to watch.ʼ

Itʼs Dark Outside was part of the 2013 Sydney Festival (Australiaʼs most prestigious international arts festival) and received four-star reviews.

The Last Great Hunt
Direction
Arielle Gray
Chris Isaacs
Tim Watts
Music
Rachael Dease
Performance
Daniel Buckle Sarah Nelson

Rachel Arianne Ogle 

Venue

City Hall Theatre 1

Saturday 20 May
11h00
14h00

Sunday 21 May
11h00

Recommended Age
16+ years old

Duration
60 minutes

Language
English


Karoo Moose (South Africa)

The play was originally written as a film entitled No Fathers as Foot tackles the disintegration of the family unit and the violation of innocence endured by so many South African children. 

Performed in English with isiXhosa, the story takes place in a remote and impoverished village in the Karoo, where the inhabitants are struggling to survive. A young girl called Thozama ends up killing a moose. 

But what is the moose doing there? Writer and director Lara tackles the disintegration of the family unit and the violation of innocence endured by so many South African children. The play cleverly and creatively combines African storytelling and magical realism.

“Fresh, immediate and often delightful.” - The Guardian

“I’m not sure if Lara knew the scale of work she was making at the time, or if she now knows just how monumental Karoo Moose is, but either way it is the work of something outside herself, something really rare and true.” 
– City Press

Direction
Lara Foot
Lighting and Set
Patrick Curtis
Music Advisor
Dizu Plaatjies
Performance
Zoleka Helesi
Mdu Kweyama
Bongile Mantsai
Thami Mbongo
Mfundo Tshazibane
Chuma Sopotela

Venue
Artscape Arena

Wednesday 17 May
10h00

Thursday 18 May
14h30
19h30

Friday 19 May
14h30

Recommended Age
16+ years old

Duration
90 minute

Language
English
isiXhosa


Khokho's Treasure (South Africa)

This vibrant musical marks the passing of a beloved Khokho (Zulu word for great grandfather), whose inheritance is revealed to the children of the village as treasure of a cultural (not monetary) kind, built from a collection of stories and songs that capture the rich diversity of South African culture.

"Khokho’s Treasure is a charming selection of traditional stories curated by Francois Theron and includes the beloved “Fudukazi” by award-winning iconic Gcina Mhlophe...I loved it." - Moira de Swardt

National Children's Theatre
Direction
Francois Theron
Choreography
Nicol Sheraton
Musical Direction
Dale Scheepers
Performance
Tee Kay Baloyi

Keaton Ditchfield
Sandi Dlangalala
Suzaan Helberg
Nichole Makoba
Nomonde Matiwane
Thokozani Nzima

Venue
Atlantis
Cultural Hub

Saturday 20 May
14h00

Sunday 21 May
14h00

Venue
Baxter Theatre

Wednesday 24 May
11h30

Thursday 25 May
12h00

Recommended Age
Family
3+ years old

Duration
90 minutes

Language
English with Zulu, Sotho, Pedi, and Afrikaans songs


Maimane! (South Africa)

Maimane! (Story Time) Is a magical journey into storytelling. 

It is adapted from Janice Honeyman’s Amabali. 
In a land of plenty, a King and Queen were blessed with a son. They called their son, Prince. And they gave Prince everything he wanted.

Maimane! speaks to the hurt caused by bullying, selfishness and entitlement. It speaks to the power of community, respect and compassion. It acknowledges the emotional struggles young people, particularly boys in South Africa on the brink of adolescents, with regard to personal and social power, relationships and a sense of self-value. 

Drama for Life
Direction
Warren Nebe
Performance
Ensemble of the Drama For Life Theatre Company

Venue
iThemba Labantu
Cultural Hub

Saturday 20 May
14h00

Sunday 21 May
14h00

Recommended Age
10-12 years old

Duration
60 minutes

Language
English


Making Mandela (South Africa)

Winner of the Best Youth Production at the 2016 Naledi Theatre Awards. Making Mandela is an imaginative journey through the childhood of Nelson Mandela featuring colourful characters, vividly portrayed in beautiful masks, with physical performances supported by emotive sound design and theatrical styling. 

“Innovative physical comedy … an unmitigated delight … a joy to watch.”
Chrsitina Kennedy
Business Day

“A playfulness that pulls you into the heart of the production.”
Diane de Beer
The Star

“Soars with clean narrative lines, superb physical theatre, humour and pathos … it will wow not only festivalgoers, but the world.”
Robyn Sassen
The Arts at Large

Hello Elephant
Direction and Design
Jenine Collocott
Script
Jenine Collocott and Nick Warren
Performance
Mlindeli Zondi
Jaques De Silva
Tsholofelo Mmbi
James Cairns

Venue
City Hall  
Theatre 1

Thursday 18 May
19h30

Friday 19 May
10h00
12h00

Venue
Guga S’Thebe
Cultural Hub

Saturday 20 May
10h00

Sunday 21 May
10h00

Recommended Age
10+ years old

Duration
60 minutes

Language
Non-verbal


Maloza - The Man Club (Zambia andItaly)


The production is an adaptation of the Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. The story of a child growing outside of his natural habitat; a story of formation and growth. Maloza – a ChiNyanja word that means taboo - is rejected by the animals just as street-children are rejected by their own families and by society. 

Maloza’s talent and energy are out of the ordinary. These will help him to redeem himself. 


 

ASSITEJ Zambia &
La Baracca - Testoni Ragazzi
Direction
Bruno Cappagli
Margherita Malonazzi
Thokozile Mwale
Simon Kamanga
Andrew Lungu
Script
Bruno Cappagli
Cheela Chilala
Design
Margherita Malonazzi  
Performance
Langson Banda, Mathews Chambanenge, Christopher Chilufya Chanda, 
Wezi Chibuye, Isaac Chilongoshi, Humphrey Chipanama, 
Davy Daka, Edward Kambole, Collines Likosi, Yarred Longongo, 
Vincent Mpande, Geophrey Mtonga, Kelvin Mukuka
Chipoma Mulenga, Brian Mulenga, Dickson Muma
Steven Mushitu, Humphrey Mwape, Jakobo Sinkala
Elisha Zulu

Venue
Baxter Theatre  Centre
Outdoor Amphitheatre 

Tuesday 23 May
11h00

Wednesday 24 May
10h00
12h30

Venue
Artscape Theatre Centre
Outdoor Piazza

Thursday 25 May
16h00

Recommended Age
Family
7+ years old

Duration
45 minutes

Language
English


Mbuzeni (South Africa)

Mbuzeni (Ask Her) tells the story of four little girl orphans, their sisterhood, and their fixation with burials. The story takes place in a tiny village, the only cemetery that exists in the village separates the villagers from the orphans. Here, there rules and regulations for burials which are monitored and constantly reinforced; rules which the villagers have observed that the girls have and continue to break when they play burials at the gravesite. Their defiance comes at a price, one they are made to pay.

"Mbuzeni takes the viewer on a visually evocative journey through tradition, burial rituals, African folklore, sisterhood and mortality. ... it says a lot of Putuma's skills as a storyteller that I, along with the other 50% white audience members, was able to follow most of what was going on despite the fact that the dialogue was in Xhosa." - Steyn du Toit, SLIPNet

Koleka Putuma
Direction and Design
Koleka Putuma
Script
Koleka Putuma
Thumeka Mzayiya
Sisipho Mbopa
Nolufefe Ntshuntshe
Awethu Hleli  
Performance
Thumeka Mzayiya
Sisipho Mbopa
Nolufefe Ntshuntshe
Awethu Hleli

Venue
Artscape Arena

Saturday 20 May
12h00
16h30

Sunday 21 May
12h00

Recommended Age
13-15 years old 

Duration
55 minutes

Language
isiXhosa



Moi, Monsieur, Moi! (Senegal, Belgium and France)

Alone on the stage, a woman narrates the fate of a girl born in Senegal. Born into a family of seven, she will be “given” to an aunt, “borrowed” to a cousin, “confined” by an uncle in France, yet find her way to becoming a woman. 

She dances, sings and bites into a dozen characters with humility and an authentic voice, transcending suffering and causing a whirlwind of laughter. In this show, Patricia Gomis is laying herself bare in front of an audience that is questioning itself through the prism of its own culture, education, personal experience and legacy.

Compagnie de la Casquett &
Compagnie Djarama &
La Traversée des Arts

Direction
Isabelle Verlaine
Script
Patricia Gomis
Márcia de Castro
Performance
Patricia Gomis

Venue
Baxter Theatre  Centre
The Golden Arrow Studio

Saturday 20 May
17h00
19h30

Sunday 21 May
12h00
15h00

Recommended Age
As of 10+ years-old

Duration
60 minute

Language
French (English subtitles)


My Culture, My Strength, My Identity (Zimbabwe)

Ruvarashe is a girl of about 14 years who lives with her grandfather and grandmother in their rural home. She likes the village life, the sense of togetherness and community and especially the practice of tsika and hunhu. 

However news comes to the village from her Amainini in town that now is the time for her to leave the village and go to school in town.

 She is frightened that if she goes there she will lose her identity and culture. She asks Ambuya to tell her one last story.
 
The story is about how Mwari created the world and everything Mwari created had a colour and different things and different colours. Different countries in the world were given different things. What did Mwari give to Zimbabwe?

Chipawo
Direction
Chipo Precious Basopo
Choreography
Tinashe Chiku
Blessed Rukweza
Design
Memory Mushayiwedu

Venue
Vrygrond
Cultural Hub

Saturday 20 May
17h00

Sunday 21 May
17h00 

Venue
City Hall
Theatre Two

Monday 22 May
11h30
14h00

Recommended Age
13-15 years old

Duration
60 minutes

Language
tbc


No Fun ction AlL anguage (South Africa)

No Fun Ction All Anguage aimed at audiences 14+, produced by the Chaeli Campaign and funded by the takes a microscopic look at the in-between spaces where words fail us - where we desperately search for meaning between vowels, consonants and silences. How do we say what we mean or express what we feel? 

This award-winning NPO which provides services to children with disability, is working actively towards creating a more inclusive theatrical landscape in South Africa - both off-stage, as well as on. A diverse group of creative collaborators come together to challenge artistic mainstream narratives around communication, ability, access and inclusivity.

"It was riveting. Emotionally intense, frequently heart wrenching but also funny – darkly funny, sure but very funny...the entire production is visually layered and beautiful to watch with the shapes of bodies, limbs moving in and out of the space - Robyn Cohen

Chaeli Campaign
Direction
Jayne Batzofin
Performance
Andile Vellem
Iman Isaacs
Daniel Richards
Christelle Dreyer

Venue
Artscape Theatre

Friday 26 May
19h30

Saturday 27 May
10h30
14h00 

Recommended Age
14+ years old 

Duration
55 minutes

Language
South African Sign Language 


OBISIKE: It Takes A Lion's Heart (Germany and Nigeria)

It is 1200 b.c.: The Trojan war cannot begin. Ongoing calm forces the Greek Armada to stay in Aulis. Princess Iphigenie shall be sacrificed to the gods, to eliminate the dead calm. The Mother wants to save her child, but the army claims for the sacrifice. And Iphigenia makes a decision...


About the same time the Yoruban are threatened by invisible invaders. Young Queen Moremi lets herself be captured. She wants to disguise the agressors secret and bring it home to her people. But the river godess will demand her most beloved one...
In an international collaboration artists from Lagos/ Nigeria, Duesseldorf/ Germany create with internationally well-known belgian director Gregory Caers a poetical, playful, honest and humorous story about coming of age in an European and an African culture and shared questions of self-determination and readiness to make sacrifices.

Direction
Gregory Caers
Design
Iyen Agbonifo -Obaseki
Performance
Maria Perlick
Joy Eziefula

Venue
Vrygrond
Cultural Hub 

Saturday 20 May
14h00

Sunday 21 May
14h00 

Venue
City Hall
Theatre One 

Wednesday 24 May
10h00
12h00 

Recommended Age
10-12 years old

Duration
65 minutes

Language
English 


Our House (Rwanda/Germany)

Stories of war and displacement, historical incidents like the genocide in Rwanda and the mass murder of the Jews in Germany were the starting points of the artistic work.

The safety of the house, the body and the community is a general theme that allows a person to develop their aims, or not. In Our House, the performers talk about that circle of themes by storytelling, singing and moving, accompanied by live music.

The co-production Our House by Ishyo Arts Centre and HELIOS Theater is a play for children examining the collective and personal memories, prints and marks. It deals with memory as a skill and a virtue, and as an essential property for shaping the future. 

Ishyo Arts Centre & HELIOS Theater
Direction
Barbara Kölling
Carole Karemera
Script
Steffen Moor & ensemble
Composition
Hervé Twahirwa
Roman D. Metzner
Performance
Eliane Umuhire
Helena Aljona Kühn
Hervé Kimenyi
Marko Werner
Michael Lurse
Live Music
Hervé Twahirwa

Venue
City Hall
Theatre 2

Wednesday 17 May
10h00
14h00

Venue
Gugu’Stebe Cultural Hub

Saturday 20 May
14h00

Sunday 21 May
14h00

Recommended Age
12+ years old

Duration
55 minutes

Language
English (main language)


Panali Panali (Zambia)

Panali Panali! Is a Zambian nyanja name that means ''Once Upon A Time'. 

Dinaledi Expressions performs different Panalis for children and their parents or guardians. The stories vary from stories about baboons and monkeys to the ones where they talk abut human relations and interactions.

This is a delightful introduction to Zambian folktales, in which all can participate.


 

Script and Direction
Tsungai Garise
Performance
Luse Kalibele
Morris Mukendi

Venue
iThemba Labantu
Cultural Hub

Saturday 20 May
10h00
Sunday 21 May
10h00

Venue
Baxter Studio

Wednesday 17 May
10h00
12h00

Recommended Age
10-12 years old

Duration
40 minutes

Language
English
French
German


Patchwork (South Africa)

The award-winning Patchwork is one of South Africa's first Early Years theatre productions. Since it was created in 2014 with a seed-funding grant from the European Small Size Network, Patchwork has toured extensively, from international festivals in Italy and Iran to rural South African schools
.
The whole show unfolds around a bed: the place where the comfort of home meets the strange world of dreams. In this world pillows become creatures learning to fly, a sheet dances with a life of its own, a teddy and a lamp make best friends, and the proverbial cow jumps over the moon (as do the sheep and the dinosaur).
Patchwork was developed through intense research with the age group, to develop a theatrical language that meets our audience eye-to-eye, mind-to-mind.

Direction
Joanna Evans
Design
Merryn Carver
Performance
Asanda Rilityana
Roshina Ratnam
Pedro Espi-Sanchis

Venue
Baxter Masambe 

Friday 19 May
10h00

Saturday 20 May
10h00
15h00

Recommended Age
3- 6 years old

Duration
35 minutes

Language
Non-verbal 


Patrice Balbina's Chance Encounter with the End of the World (Italy, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Portugal )

"Recognize yourself in he and she who are not like you and me."- Carlos Fuentes

Something unsettling has crept into the neighbourhood. It’s a feeling, a suspicion that disappears when you look at it directly. Patrice Balbina has noticed that small things are starting to disappear. The butcher loses his laugh, the man with the pigeon is losing his patience, and Dad says the government has lost its mind. Even the love of her life seems to be a little further away each day. But you wouldn’t expect the end of the world. Then it rang the doorbell.

A Collaboration between 3 theatres from Europe, 2 from Canada and one from Australia, have joined together to work globally on the theme Poverty and Migration with the support of the European Union. A multi-lingual performance which is based on interviews with young people and written by the cast.

Boomerang Documents of Poverty and Hope
Direction
Fraser Corfield
Choreography
Jaqueline Gosselin
Design
Ben Pugh
Pur Montin
Dramaturgy
Odette Bereska
Performance
Holly Fraser
Nicholas Brites
Yves Simard
Emilie Leclerc
Giuditta Mingucci
Education
Mandy Smith
Producer
Dirk Nelder

Venue
Artscape Arena

Monday 22 May
10h00
14h00

Tuesday 23 May
10h00
18h00

Recommended Age
10-12 years old

Duration
50 minutes

Language
English 


Phefumla (South Africa/Norway)

Phefumla  (To Breathe)  is developed through a devised process with five young men from the township areas surrounding Cape Town. All five have been involved or affected by the gang culture that rules the streets.

Through glimpses of their childhood, fragments of good and bad memories, we slowly puzzle the pieces of their young lives together. The performance reveals both fatal choices as well as well-hidden dreams and hopes for the future. 

The play is built on the individual stories of the young performers. Their personal experiences is transformed into dramatic text, visual and physical images and choreographies, built from their own cultural language.

Mariken Lauvstad
Direction
Thando Doni
Set design
Ingrid Solvik
Photography & graphic design Robert Marufu
Performance
Sikhumbule Nkonki
Lazola Sikhutswa
Ntsikayomzi Tyalana
Eric Menyo
Bongani Dyalivana

Venue
iThemba Labantu
Cultural Hub

Saturday 20 May
17h00

Sunday 21 May
17h00

Venue
Artscape Arena

Thursday 25 May
10h00
14h00

Recommended Age
14-18 years old

Duration
45 minutes

Language
English and
isiXhosa


Pim and Theo (Denmark, United Kingdom and Norway)

Two men were shot in cold blood on the streets of Holland. Victims of extremism, Theo Van Gogh and Pim Fortuyn weren't afraid to make their opposing political views known.

Incorporating sound and film design as well as live performance, four European theatre companies join together to make Pim & Theo – an immersive theatre show about culture and identity, life and rules and the limits of tolerance in our society.

Pim & Theo is a theatre performance, a post-show exhibition and an online resource.

New International Encounter &
Odsherred Teater
Direction
Alex Byrne
Script
Mei Oulund
Design
Marie Rosendahl Chemnitz
Performance
Henrik Ipsen
Simon Vagn Jensen

Venue
Artscape Theatre Centre
Theatre Upstage

Tuesday 23 May
11h30
19h30

Wednesday 24 May
12h00
19h30  

Recommended Age
15 +years old

Duration
60 minute performance + 20 minutes for exhibition

Language
English


Pockets of Knowledge (South Africa)

Pockets of Knowledge is reminiscent of the famous and formidable internationally acclaimed South African duo Ellis Pearson and Bheki Mkhwane.

Pockets of Knowledge is a simple yet intriguing storytelling theatre piece told through the eyes of the villagers. It pokes fun at leadership and how it behaves in positions of power.  It leaves pebbles of wisdom in a parable narrative that speaks to the importance of freedom and unity in a fragile young democracy. It engages the audience in such a fashion that they themselves form part of the story by being invited by the performers to take part in its world as they both (actor and audience) work for plausible solutions to the universal problems presented in the story.

Direction
Menzi Mkhwane
Script
Sabelo Ndlovu
Menzi Mkhwane
Set Design
Menzi Mkhwane
Lighting design
Menzi Mkhwane
Nkosingiphile Dhlamini
Costume Design
Menzi Mkhwane
Masinhle Mfeka
Performance
Thobani Nzuza
Annelisa Gxabhu

Venue
City Hall
Theatre 2

Thursday 18 May
19h00

Friday 19 May
10h00

Venue
Atlantis
Cultural Hub

Saturday 20 May
17h00

Sunday 21 May
17h00

Recommended Age
13+ years old

Duration
80 minutes

Language
IsiZulu
English


Red Earth Revisited (Netherlands/South Africa)

Red Earth Revisited recreates the legendary story of Nongqawuse, the young girl whose prophecies influenced the course of history.

This vibrant revisiting of the story features a migratory stork whose “bird’s eye view” of events may help us decide if she really was the cause of the disaster that ensued…

The production has toured to the Eastern Cape, the Netherlands, Belgium and Spain, where it performed at the UNIMA World Congress.

Direction
Onny Huisink
Script
Saskia Janse
Design
Onny Huisink
Performance
Sabelo Khoza
Anele Matoti
Macebo Mavuso
Sisipho Mbopa
Roshina Ratnam
Asanda Rilityana
Xolela Tsili

Venue
Baxter Theatre Centre
Theatre

Thursday 18 May
12h00

Friday 19 May
12h30
19h30

Recommended Age
10+ years old

Duration
60 minutes

Language
English & Xhosa


Rite of Spring (Netherlands/South Africa)

The earth is still in deep hibernation as eight young women gather to celebrate spring. They worship nature with their fertility rites. They dance and seduce. But then secrets and primal forces break loose. A sacrifice must be made.

Rite of Spring is about peer pressure, hormones and the fear of beauty. A modern coming of age story mixed with prehistoric pagan spring rituals. The threat of natural forces, the struggle with oneself and the desire to break free turn these young women into charming monsters. Close to the heart theater, figuratively and literally, because the audience sits around the performance area.

Composer Joop van Brakel’s captivating soundtrack is built of earthshaking pop music.

Maas Theater and Dance &
Flat Foot Dance Company 
Concept/Direction
Moniek Merkx
Music
Joop van Brakel
Choreography
Klaus Jürgens / Art Srisayam
Set design
Sanne Danz
Costume design
Nicky Nina de Jong
Light design
Gé Wegman
Assistant director
Saskia Driessen
Performance
Marieke Dermul, Segametsi Gaobepe, Jouman Fatal, Kirsty Ndawo, Zinhle Nhle Nzama, Gale Rama, Lotte Rischen, Shelby Tanelle Strange

Venue
Artscape Theatre Centre
Theatre Upstage

Thursday 18 May
12h00
16h30

Friday 19 May
12h00

Saturday 20 May
10h00
14h00

Recommended Age
13+ years old

Duration
90 minutes

Language
English


Sandscape (Nigeria/Zimbabwe/South Africa/Germany)

Sandscape is a silent theatrical piece that embraces the beauty and essence of nature and evokes the visual, hearing and rhythmic abilities that get you closer to nature with the aid of “SAND” as its major tool.

With the accompaniment of a black plastic sheet, cups, umbrella and buckets, the piece introduces and sinks its audience into a world of playful experience. It is a relaxing and engaging piece of theatre that explores the texture, weight and breath of sand on various materials.

The piece offers an ever changing view - the sight of sand swirling and creating interesting shapes, prints, lines, games, landscape thus its title “SANDSCAPE”. 

Magnet Theatre
Design
Asiphe Lili
Performance
Joy Princess Akrah
Joshua Ademola Alabi
Lloyd Nyikadzino
Chipo Precious Basapo

Venue
Baxter
Golden Arrow Studio 

Friday 26 May
11h00
12h30

Saturday 27 May
10h00
12h30

Recommended Age
3-6 years old

Duration
40 minutes

Language
Non-verbal


Seedfolks (United States of America)

Unflinchingly honest and unabashedly heartwarming, Seedfolks is filled with raw, inspiring stories you’ll never forget. Where all her neighbors see a rat-infested vacant lot, nine-year-old Kim sees a place to plant some precious beans—and, one by one, the people of her community sow seeds of hope amid the dirt and grit, tending dreams to full bloom.


The garden flourishes through eleven narratives by award-winning novelist Paul Fleischman, all brilliantly brought to life by Ivey Award-winning actress Sonja Parks.

Children’s Theatre Company
Direction
Peter C. Brosius
Photography
Dan Norman
Performance
Sonja Parks

Venue
City Hall
Theatre 1

Wednesday 17 May
10h00
19h30

Thursday 18 May
10h00
14h00

Recommended Age
10+ years old

Duration
75 minutes

Language
English


Sensescapes (Sweden/Serbia)

Sensescapes is a performance which proposes a choreographed, interactive and multi-sensory experience to babies 3-18 months old and their care-takers. It is conceived as an installation based environment, consisted of visual, tactile and auditory elements, which induces interplay of the audience's physical movement and sensory input. Sensescapes unfolds a series of carefully composed, interconnected events which aim to involve its audience, trigger their curiosity and encourage their agency in landscape rich in stimuli.

Dalija Acin Thelander
Choreography

Dalija Acin Thelander

Music

Anja Djordjevic

Performance

Noah Hellwig

Rebecka Stillman

Dalija Acin Thelander

Venue
City Hall
Theatre Two 

Tuesday 23 May

14h00

15h30

Wednesday 24 May
10h00
11h30

14h00

Recommended AgE 3 - 18 MoNTHs OLD

Duration
40 minutes

Language
Non-verbal


Soro et le Grain de Maïs Magique (Réunion/France/Mauritius/Ivory Coast/South Africa)

Soro et le Grain de Maïs Magique (Soro and the Lucky Grain of Corn)

in a village, deep in the forest Mother and Father gave Soro, their only son a lucky grain of corn.

This production based on Véronique Tadjo's book, is a mixture of tale, shadow puppetry, and live music.

Direction
Déborah Martin
Script
Véronique Tadjo
Music
Yohann Lamy  
Performance
Déborah Martin
Yohann Lamy

Venue
Baxter Theatre Centre
Masambe

Sunday 21 May
12h30

Monday 22 May
12h00
14h00

Venue
Baxter Studio

Tuesday 23 May
17h30

Recommended Age
1 to 6 years old

Duration
30 minutes

Language
English


Sparrow (Norway)

Sparrows are small, chubby and tousled. They usually appear in a flock. They aren’t too afraid, almost a bit brazen. All through the year sparrows stay close to people. Most children are acquao the sparrow, and maybe they can see that they are curious and playful, just like themselves. In our sparrow-interpretation, the birds are hatched under the sun’s warming rays. They find their way out of the egg and try to tackle the first challenges in life. The most scary thing is probably to stray away from the others.

Michaels Duch’s large double bass and unpredictable improvisations allow for both individual, surrealistic freedom and collective interplay between those present. The piece is first and foremost a celebration of play and social interaction in an atmosphere of light, dance and music.

Teater Fot
Direction
Lise Hovik
Design
Ingrid Becke

Venue 
Baxter Flipside

Thursday 25 May
09h30
11h00

Friday 26 May
10h00
11h30

Saturday 27 May
10h00

Recommended Age
0-2 years old

Duration
40 minutes

Language
Non-verbal


Spirit Songs (South Africa)

Spirit Songs is an original ensemble collage play telling the stories of 50 young people from four Cape Town Townships through monologues, poetry, song and dance. The play expresses the hopes, fears, dreams and aspirations of 50 courageous youth grappling with challenges of growing up in the new South Africa.

Magnet Theatre
Direction
Stephen DiMenna
Chesray Dolpha
Assisted by
Yonela Sithela
Maggi Fernando
Choreography
Mbovu Malinga
Performance
50 youth participants from Project Playground, Ithemba La Bantu, Chris Hani, Sibelius High School

Venue
Guga ‘Stebe Cultural Hub

Saturday 20 May
11h30

Venue
Vrygrond Cultural Hub

Sunday 21 May
11h30

Recommended Age
14+ years old

Duration
40 minutes

Language
English and isiXhosa


Tears By The River (Kenya)

This is a story of a brave monkey Libendi, who leaves his land after a great famine has killed many of his fellow monkeys.

His adventurous safari takes him far off to a river where after losing his energy from days of walking through valleys and mountains, deserts and barren land with no food and water, he dies just beside the river before he could taste the life-giving water.


Animals from that forest come to honor, respect and praise him by naming the river after Libendi. This does not sit well with the kings of the jungle and prompts them to do unimaginable things.

Direction
Fedelis Kyalo
Script
Chrispin Mwakideu
Design
Fedelis Kyalo
Chrispin Mwakideu
Performance
Fedelis Kyalo
Chrispin Mwakideu

Venue
City Hall Theatre 2

Thursday 18 May
10h00
12h00

Venue
Atlantis Cultural Hub

Saturday 20 May
10h00

Sunday 21 May
10h00

Recommended Age
6+ years old

Duration
45 minutes

Language
English


The Bookbinder (New Zealand)

‘They say you can get lost in a good book.
But it's worse to get lost in a bad one...’

From award-winning NZ company Trick of the Light Theatre comes a story of mystery, magic and mayhem. The Bookbinder weaves shadowplay, paper art, puppetry, and music into an original dark fairytale in the vein of Neil Gaiman.


With awards around the world including Best of the Fringe (NZ Fringe 2014), International Excellence Award (Sydney Fringe 2014), and the BDO Children's Theatre Award (Fringe World, Perth 2015), The Bookbinder is an inventive one-man performance for adults and children.

Direction
Hannah Smith
Script
Ralph McCubbin Howell
Music
Tane Upjohn-Beatson
Performance
Ralph McCubbin Howell

Venue
City Hall Theatre 2

Saturday 20 May
12h30
15h30

Sunday 21 May
12h30
15h15

Recommended Age
10+ years old

Duration
55 minutes

Language
English


The Kids from Amandla Street! (South Africa)

In a street that carries a significant heritage live four kids, Obi, Jimmy, Palesa and Lillian.

Together they grapple with issues of identity, school, distanced parents and their desire to see the completion of the street.


In their transition years, playing becomes an experience they need, but also feel detached from. A neighbourhood watchman presents a challenge that leaves them having to reach deep within to climb out of the confines placed by the society they exist in.

Direction
Binnie Christie
Script
Lereko Mfono

Venue
Baxter Flipside

Tuesday 23 May
10h00
18h30

Wednesday 24 May
10h00

14h00

Recommended Age
13+ years old

Duration
60 minutes

Language
English


The Underground Library (South Africa)

Khanya is on the verge of getting through matric and out into the world when she crosses paths with a fugitive from the cops. He gives her something forbidden in this future Johannesburg... a book. And inadvertently kicks off a race between government agents, terrorists and hackers to get control of the truth.


With a lyrical physical style, the cast of this high energy story challenge authority and cast a light on current politics by asking what might happen next.

Direction  
Koleka Putuma
Script
Jon Keevy
Performance
Dustin Beck
Maggie Gericke,
Tankiso Mamabolo
Thando Mangcu
Cleo Raatus
Kathleen Stephens

Venue
Artscape Theatre Centre Arena

Friday 26 May
11h30
14h30

Saturday 27 May
12h00
16h00

Recommended Age
13+ years old

Duration
75 minutes

Language
English


Three Monks (China)

Adapted from the ancient Chinese legend, “Three Monks” tells an interesting story that “One boy is a boy; two boys half boy; three boys no boy”.

The story is simple, yet it has the philosophy of unity and cooperation; it reflects on sincerity among people and harmony between man and nature. The show integrates traditional Chinese opera, martial arts and many other classic elements of Chinese culture, which will certainly make audiences feel the charm of Chinese culture.


The artists unfold this interesting story through body language, which reminds us of the most beautiful and unforgettable period of time.

Direction
Ernan Mao
Script
Xing Mu
Design
Juntao Yang
Performance
Xiaoming Liu
Yan Tang
Jingbo Hu
Zijing Wu

Venue
Baxter Theatre  Centre Theatre

Friday 26 May
12h30
19h30

Saturday 27 May
11h30
16h30

Recommended Age
4+ years

Duration
70 minutes

Language
Non-verbal


Tiger Bay (South Africa)

Tiger Bay is an epic new musical set in the docks of Cardiff at a time when coal was king. Filled with rousing music and a cast of unforgettable characters, Tiger Bay is a universal story of courage, reconciliation and love.

With Olivier and Tony Award- nominated director Melly Still leading an outstanding international creative team, this short run offers a rare opportunity to be the first to see a major new international musical.


Please note that Tiger Bay is not included in the Delegate Packages.

To get this special Festival discount, request the booking code. 
email: theatre4youth@assitej.org.za

Cost
R350 (instead of R400)
R250 (instead of R300)

 

Music
Daf James 
Book & Lyrics

Michael Williams
Director
Melly Still
Co-Director
Max Barton
Choreographer
Kenneth Tharp
Designer
Anna Fleischle
Lighting Designer                   
Joshua Carr
Sound Designer           Christopher Shutt
Music Director & Supervisor      
David Mahoney
Orchestrator                   Jeff Howard 
Casting (UK)                    Charlotte Sutton

Venue
Artscape Theatre Centre
Opera House

Wednesday 24 May
19h30

Thursday 25 May
19h30

Friday 26 May
19h30

Saturday 27 May
18h00

Recommended Age Family
7+ years old

Duration
120 minutes + interval

Language
English


Transhumance: The Sheep are in Town (South Africa and Canada)

Reality meets fantasy in this wordless live installation that recreates a bucolic country scene in a typical urban setting. Travel to a strange and hilarious universe as CORPUS takes you through a carefully studied, surrealistic overview of sheep behaviour. A truly innovative performance twists reality in surprising ways and takes audience interaction to new heights.

"Simple but a strike of genius"-  Het Folk, Belgium

CORPUS in association with JAZZART Dance Theatre
Concept and choreography
David Danzon & Sylvir Bouchard
Costumes
Joanne Le Blanc
Performance
Darion Adams, Ambia Andrews, Gabriella Dirkse, Lynette du Plessis, Abdul-Aaghier Isaacs, Tanzley Jooste, Sanga Mabulu, Luyanda Mdingi, Mandisi Ngcwayi, Vuyolwethu Nompetsheni, Jeena Rodkin, Shane Rudolph, Paxton-Alice Simons, Shane van Wyngaardt, Keenun Wales, Thandiwe Mqokeli

Venue
The V&A Waterfront

Saturday 20 May
11h00

Venue
Baxter Theatre Gardens

Sunday 21 May
14h00
17h30

Monday 22 May
11h00
18h00

Recommended Age
3-6 years old

Duration
30 minutes

Us/Them (Belgium)

During a hostage drama in a school in Beslan that started in September 2004, the greatest of evils, terrorists, chose the greatest good, a group of children, as their victims. 'Us / Them' is not a straightforward account of this terrible drama, but is about the entirely individual way children cope with extreme situations.

With humour and a matter-of-fact approach, it contrasts the views of children with those of adults. BRONKS is one of Belgium’s leading theatres for young audiences. A lightness of storytelling, breath-taking scenography and a strong cast create a thrilling, unmissable theatrical experience.

Filip Tielens (Cobra, 29/09/2014)
****
“… lightness and humour are what prevents Us/Them becoming too grave, but nor does it make fun of these violent events.
… unlike what often happens with such serious topics in the theatre, not only were the parents convinced, but the children in the audience were also wildly enthusiastic.”

Lyn Gardner (The Guardian, 7/08/2016)
***** “[…] remarkable piece of theatre – playful, surprisingly and painfully funny as well as moving [.] Parmentier and Van Houtven are outstanding […]”

Bronks
Direction and script 
Carly Wijs
Design
Stef Stessels
Dramaturg
Mieke Versyp
Light
Thomas Clause
Sound
Peter Brughmans
Production
BRONKS
Co-production
Richard Jordan Productions in association with Theatre Royal Plymouth, Big in Belgium and Summerhall
Cast
Gytha Parmentier
Roman van Houtven
Created with
Thomas Vantuycom

Venue
Artscape Theatre

Thursday 25 May
11h30
15h30

Friday 26 May
10h00

Recommended Age
10 + years

Duration
50 minutes

Language
English 


What Goes Up (South Africa)

What Goes UP… is a playful, gentle and explorative production devised to capture the imagination of young children aged 3 -7 years old. 

Through the art of gentle clowning and experiential children’s theatre, the show investigates the physical and emotional scopes of all things Up and Down. 

The costumes will captivate, the performers will enchant and the story will allow children the opportunity to connect with the emotions they experience in their worlds. 

Created for Deaf Children, and using South African Sign Language, the play is also accessible and magical to hearing children

FTH:K
Direction
Jayne Batzofin
Script (Devised)
Jayne Batzofin
Matthew Baldwin
Iman Isaacs
Jori Snell (Mentor)
Gabi dan Droste (Mentor)
Design
Jayne Batzofin
Jori Snell
Performance     
Iman Isaacs
Jayne Batzofin 

Venue
Artscape Rehearsal Room 207

Friday 26 May
10h00
12h00

Recommended Age
3 to 7 years old

Duration
45 minutes

Language
South African Sign Language


When Lion Had Wings (South Africa)

When Lion Had Wings uses daring stilt characterizations, animal masks, original music and Nama language to tell a traditional Khoikhoi folktale. The story starts in ancient times when all the animals lived in fear of Lion who could fly. However, some tricky Frogs reveal that Lion’s magic is hidden beneath a pile of bones. The Frogs challenge Lion’s greed and lead the animals to discover their talents and restore the balance of nature. 

Jungle Theatre Company has developed a style of theatre that is based in clowning, draws from different cultures and is ideal for a family audience.

Jungle Theatre
Direction
Vincent Meyburgh
Design
Andy Jones – 
Shrinkray Puppets
Translation
Bradley Van Sitters
Company Manager
Miranda Tait
Performance
Joce Engelbrecht
Ntombifuthi Mkhasibe
Seiso Qhola
Siyawandisa Badi
Kelly Spilhaus
Athenkosi Dyantyi
Vincent Meyburgh

Venue
Atlantis Community Hub

Sunday 21 May
12h00

Venue
Artscape Theatre Centre
Outdoor Piazza

Thursday 25 May
17h00

Recommended Age
Family
3+ years old

Duration
30 minutes

Language
English, Afrikaans, isiXhosa  and Nama
 


Whiteout (Scotland)

“Bringing a thrillingly muscular energy... this is a take on life with genuine strength of conviction in a natural, vivid style.” **** The Guardian

Whiteout is a heartfelt dance theatre piece that gives resonance to the complexities of bi-racial relationships. Informed by personal experiences from her marriage and as the mother of bi-racial children, acclaimed choreographer Natasha Gilmore (Tiger Tale), explores this issue with honesty and humour. With original music by Luke Sutherland the six dancers use their versatility of styles to create a visually exciting show. 

“There is a remarkable, compelling emotive power to Gilmore's concept and choreography” **** The Herald

Barrowland Ballet
Choreographer
Natasha Gilmore
Design
Jennie Lööf
Composer
Luke Sutherland
Producer
Belinda McElhinney
Performance     
Joanne Pirrie
Amarnah Amuludun
Vince Virr
Kai-Wen Chuang
KJ Clarke-Davis
Sean Graham

Venue
Artscape Theatre

Monday 22 May
11h30

Tuesday 23 May
14h00

Wednesday 24 May
10h00
16h00

Recommended Age
14+ years old

Duration
50 minutes

Language
Dance


Yao Yao (South Korea)

Cheerful Crash! Exciting Adventure!
Yaoyao is a mischievous little girl who loves playing with her Dad. But he has to put on his business suit, pick up his briefcase and go to work. When Yaoyao grabs hold of his overcoat to stop him leaving, a thread unravels and becomes the start of a magical world of adventure and
discovery. Join Yaoyao on her ingenious journey to find out what’s waiting for her at the end of the thread…

Brush Theatre
Director
Kiljun Lee
Musician
Sangguon Seo
Performer
Byungwook Cho
Heeae Lee
Multi-media
Taegwan Kwag 

Venue
Baxter Theatre Centre
The Golden Arrow Studio

Wednesday 24 May
11h30
14h00

Thursday 25 May
10h00
12h30

Recommended Age
3+ years old

Duration
50 minutes

Language
Non-verbal 


young@home (South Africa)

The Hillbrow Theatre Project in partnership with C:NTACT presents young@home, an inter-generational project that brings together youth and elderly residing in Hillbrow and the inner-city of Johannesburg. young@home is a radio cinema presentation of their personal stories and experiences of Hillbrow as home. It is an exploration of the dissolution of notions of home and what constitutes community in a city with a long history of ever-changing migrant communities. It is based on the true accounts of the sad, the joyous, the reflective, the prospective, the funny, and at times, obscure, random stories and memories.

Hillbrow Theatre &
C:NTACT

Direction
Gcebile Dlamini
Dramaturge
Jefferson Tshabala
Choreography & Music
Sonia Radebe & Nhlanhla Mahlangu
Soundscaping
João Orecchia
Consulting Director
Peter DuPont Weiss
Photography
Mark Straw
Assistant to the Dramaturge
Phana Dube 
Set design
Gcebile Dlamini
Stage Manager
Nompilo Hadebe    Performers
Flora Nkoana
Vicky Walker
Dakalo Mulaudzi
Lihlethemba Ngcobo
Rendani Dlamini
Amahle Mene
Jackson Moqotlane
Harry Card

Venue
City Hall
Workshop Space

Tuesday 23 May
10h00

Wednesday 24 May
10h00

Recommended Age
14+ years old

Duration
60 minutes

Languages
Zulu, English, Sotho, Venda Tswana, Pedi
 


Zapato busca Sapato (Mozambique, Brazil, Mexico)

Zapato busca Sapato (Zapato seeks Sapato) is about Euyo, a little shoe born alone in his box, in México city. The search for his other pair, his brother shoe, takes him on a journey of adventure, full of symbolic meanings and discoveries. He goes from México to Brazil and from there to Mozambique where Euyo finally meets and recognizes his match and playmate, Mumba. 

Working between myths and reality, between cultural fictions and hard truths, this project is a metaphor where three realities, three identities, recognise themselves in the search for their origins. 
 

La Maquina de Teatreo &
Troupe de Truões

Direction
Clarissa Malheiros
Script
Rogério Manjate
Clarissa Malheiros
Juliana Faesler
Set design
Juliana Faesler
Paulo Merísio
Puppetry
Toztli Abril de Dios
Performance
Toztli Abril de Dios
Andrés Tena     
Ronan Vaz
Ricardo Augusto
Esteban Caicedo
Milena Pitombo

Venue
Baxter Theatre Centre -
Golden Arrow Studio

Monday 22 May
12h00
19h30

Tuesday 23 May
10h00
12h00

Recommended Age
Family
5+ years old

Duration
50 minutes

Language
Spanish and Portuguese


Zick Zack Puff (Switzerland)

A strange and wonderful world where fantasy creatures encounter one another. Together they overcome their limitations and differences to form a unified common strength. 

With the language of movement, the dancers show that it is always worthwhile to seek out new perspectives, even in seemingly hopeless situations.

Creative costume design, based on astonishingly simple materials, allows the dancers to quickly shift from one story to the next, creating a series of fantasy-rich situations, short episodes, and pictures.

Company Mafalda
Direction - Choreography
Teresa Rotemberg
Design
Tanja Liebermann
Heinze Baumann
Music
Tanja Müller
Performance     
Diane Gemsch
Hella Immler
Fausto Izzi
Dramaturgy
Ralph Blase

Venue
Baxter Theatre  Centre
Theatre

Sunday 21 May
11h00
18h30

Monday 22 May
10h00
16h30

Recommended Age
5+ years old

Duration
50 minutes

Language
Non-verbal