NCT presents Aesop’s Fables

Aesop’s Fables

The second production of 2021, in our new healthy, safe, outdoor Imagination Theatre. This is a fresh version of the timeless fables, which have been given a creative spin.

For more than thirty years, multiple award-winning National Children’s Theatre (NCT) has delighted audiences of all ages, with educational, entertaining and engaging plays, whether Fabulous Mr Fox for 3–12-year-olds, or Shakespeare, Athol Fugard or Alan Paton set works for those in Matric (Cry the Beloved Country coming later in 2021!)

In this production Aesop takes audiences on a trip through some of his most well-loved stories, such as The Fox and the Grapes (known for the origin of the idiom “sour grapes”); the Tortoise and the Hare in a hare-raising adventure of Olympic proportions where the racers undertake one of the most famous contests of all time. In fact, although there are 725 fables in total, we will include three more: The Boy who cried Wolf, The Lion and the Mouse, and The Ant and the Grasshopper.

The fables were originally handed down from person-to-person, both for entertainment purposes and as a means of relaying or teaching a moral or lesson. This NCT offering expands on the educational side through the magical story telling abilities of four professional actors, namely Ashleigh Butcher, Bradley Hartmann, Dezlenne Ulster-Weale and Justin Swartz, who demonstrate that the theatre is a great place to see cautionary tales unfold in an interesting, memorable and meaningful way.

NCT aims to educate young audiences through the powers of entertainment and imagination whilst at the same time, encouraging children to question and think for themselves. The fables spark conversations about morals, storytelling, and discussions about right and wrong in a risk-free way!

Moira Katz, CEO of National Children’s Theatre, comments that “the educational aspect of the fables is a great opportunity for parents and teachers to chat with children about the transfer of lessons from page to stage to real life.”

NCT is thrilled to welcome creative, multi-talented Weslee Lauder to direct the play, Musical Director is Louis Zurnamer, set and costumes are by veteran NCT loyal heavyweights Stan Knight and Sarah Roberts. Reginah Dube-Shubane is the Stage Manager.

Brimming with audience participation and character education, the production provides an energizing, warm and fun learning experience, says Director Weslee. “This is a celebration of how fresh, bold and vibrant the classics remain today.”

Show information

When: 08 May – 30 May 2021

Where: Imagination Theatre 3 Junction Avenue, Parktown, Johannesburg

Length of show: 50 minutes (no interval)

Public bookings 10:30 daily Wednesday to Sunday and 14:30 Thursdays, Fridays Saturdays and Sundays

Parking: Ample, secure, free covered parking is available in our new parking area

Ticket prices: R120 per ticket. Book on line through Rain Date: Please note – no refunds! Should it rain (and one never knows in advance) ticket holders can book for another show.

TICKET HOLDERS are welcome to arrive early with all their picnic goodies (sun hats and blankets, low chairs etc) and relax on our spacious grounds.

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National Children’s Theatre (Johannesburg, South Africa)

National Children’s Theatre is the foremost children’s theatre in Gauteng, shining the bright light of educational, engaging and award-winning theatre for children and youth throughout South African cities and rural areas. NCT’s unwavering purpose is to transform young lives and grow societies’ next generation of leaders through the kaleidoscope of vivid and engaging performance arts, original and instructive musicals, and immersive after-school programs.

We present live theatre year-round at our renowned 4.5-acre campus in Johannesburg, which includes two indoor theatres, one outdoor theatre, a puppet theatre, music room, and classrooms for the weekend workshop academy. NCT reaches an audience of almost 100,000 a year, one of the busiest children’s theatres in South Africa. NCT: Enchanting. Inspiring. Empowering.

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Aesop’s Fables
Aesop’s Fables