ASSITEJ SA will once again be bringing high-quality performances for children, young peopleand their families to the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown at the end of the month.
Nine productions and workshops, as well as exciting pop-up performances, will keep the town buzzing throughout the festival.
Productions this year include, for the youngest age-group, the award-winning Kitchen Fables in a Cookie Jar, the puppet bonanza of See-far-I and the magical, interactive Once Upon a Puppy.
For the six and up age group, there are the wonderfully wacky A Tale of Horribleness and Betty and the Yeti, as well as the moving adventures Falling Moon and River of Life.
For the 10 and up age group, there are the hilarious Get Kracken and the sci-fi, comic adventure, Lenny and the Wasteland.
The main Assitej venue, Oatlands Preparatory, is conveniently situated on African Street, with additional access from Luke Street.
Assitej productions can also be found in satellite venues such as NG Church Hall, Memory Hall, St Andrews and Vicky’s.
“The Assitej Family Venue and our satellite productions are all about making theatre part of every family’s ‘growing up and growing together’,” said Yvette Hardie, director of Assitej SA and president of Assitej international.
“We want families in Grahamstown to feel that the festival is accessible for them and that they can experience it together without compromising on the quality of what they see.
“When you come to an Assitej production at our Oatlands venue, you will find a welcoming atmosphere, great food, interactive experiences for the children, and some wonderful artistic surprises, popping up between shows.
“This year, we have engaged artists such as Lynn Joffe, Gavin Bonner, Kyla Davis and others to create small performances which will keep children engaged.”