If you've ever been to The National Children's Theatre in Parktown you'll know just how whimsical their stage productions can be. Crafted for kiddies aged three to 11, their theatre shows explore the ups and downs of life through spirited song and dance. Children are taken on a journey, as some of their favourite fairy tale characters face tough challenges and hard choices. Ultimately, in its 31 year existence, The National Children's Theatre has allowed children to be themselves and to find answers to some of life's toughest questions.

The NCT is the ideal place to introduce young children to the theatre and help them develop their confidence, imagination and reasoning skills. Of course, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and national lockdown, The National Children's Theatre has been at a halt. Unable to produce their usual stage shows or host school holiday workshops, their income has been heavily impacted. This is why the NCT is now reaching out to you, their loyal patrons for help. But they wouldn't simply ask for donations without something fun and entertaining in return. Here's what they've got in store for you and the little ones during lockdown:

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The Adventures of Manie the Ant. Photo sourced from the NCT on Facebook.

Virtual Puppet Shows!

The National Children's Theatre recently debuted their first online show in lockdown. Performed by puppet master Johan "Swannie" Swanevelder, The Adventures of Mannie Ant was a roaring success. If you didn't happen to catch the show live, you can still watch it on the NCT Facebook page free of charge! Able to transform an ordinary sock into a creature full of life and wisdom, Swanevelder's performances will have both you and the little ones thoroughly entertained.

On Tuesday, 16 June 2020, the NCT made another exciting announcement - they will be presenting another fantastic puppet adventure - Tandi and Bomani and the Feather of Friendship! Swannie will yet again take to the virtual stage to bring you and the kiddies a wonderful series of tales as told by his trusty puppets. Adapted from the book by Ewald van Rensburg, this is an absolute must-see. Take a sneak peek at the show here before setting your reminders to tune in. Follow the National Children's Theatre on Facebook to find the online event link on the day.

When Is It?

Saturday, 20 June 2020 at 14:00.

Where Is It?

The National Children's Theatre live on Facebook.

How Much Is It?

The National Children's Theatre survives off of ticket sales and their school holiday programmes. In these uncertain times, they are going to need your help to keep afloat. While their online offerings are free to watch, they do ask that you make a donation, no matter how small. Their banking details are as follows:

For More Information

Follow The National Children's Theatre on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with their online shows.

Details: 011 484 1584/5 | [email protected]