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Posted on: Friday, 23 July 2010

African Tapestry will explode onto the stage at the National Children’s Theatre in September

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African Tapestry

“I believe that children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way” – Dionne Warwick

African Tapestry will explode onto the stage at the National Children’s Theatre (NCT) in Parktown, with the intoxicating beat of African drums, folk tales, music and dance from across the continent, to weave the fabric for a fabulous interactive musical for children. This cultivates a love for Africa and her many cultures and has as its underlying theme an awareness of environmental issues …

Artistic Director Joyce Levinsohn, of the NCT, and creator of African Tapestry says, “During the recent World Cup our sense of belonging to the warm, welcoming and generous continent of Africa, was joyously celebrated. More than ever, Africa belongs to us all. African folk tales burst with robust energy, and many of them reveal a harmony with nature which takes on a deeper significance, as African’s environmental frailty worsens.”

The music arranged by Tebogo Tshotetsi, is played on authentic hand-made instruments such as the marimba, reed flutes, the okarani and the tshaga.

The stories are masterfully told, the songs beautifully sung and the animal movements cleverly executed by the enthusiastic, energetic and talented cast, which includes the dynamic Sihle Ndaba, recently seen in the NCT’s smash hit production of Seussical Jr.

Unless our children become caretakers of our heritage and our planet, all will be lost to future generations. Regardless of whether you participate in this magical, educational masterpiece at your school or our theatre, neither you nor your learners can afford to miss this highly acclaimed production.

African Tapestry will run at The National Children’s Theatre (NCT), 3 Junction Avenue, Parktown, from 13 September until 9 October 2010. During the government school term, performances are weekdays at 9.00am and 10.30am. During school holidays, performances are Mondays to Saturdays at 10.30am and 2.30pm.

Ticket prices: R70 (children) and R80 (adults). Block bookings and specials are available for schools, groups and birthday parties. For booking enquiries please phone Sue. Bookings can be made through the theatre on 011 484 1584, and through Computicket on 083-915-8000.

Booking is essential. There is ample free safe parking available within the grounds of the complex.

This production has been made possible by the generous support of the National Arts Council, the Department of Arts & Culture and the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund.

Contact Details:
Sydwell Koopedi – National Children’s Theatre
Telephone: +27 (0)11 484-1577

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