Treasure for local primary schools

It is considered to be one of the best children’s stage productions in the country and it had set out what it intended to do — to wow and inspire young learners. 

Khokho’s treasure, a national children’s theatre production, directed by Francois Theron, starring Suzaan Helberg, Teekay Baloyi, Nomonde Matiwane, Mark Tatham, Sbusiso Nhlapo Ferguson and Kealeboga Tshenye, visited Bela-Bela between Monday, 15 May, and Tuesday, 16 May, where they performed to schools, such as Eden Christian School, Thusanong Primary School and Mmamakwa Primary School.

The play’s main aim is to educate and entertain primary school learners through a selection of traditional stories, vibrant songs and opening the minds of learners to a possible career in theatre, along with a living African theme throughout the play. It is also focussed on bringing live and professional theatre to the rural communities who have yet to have such an experience.

The story begins where the characters’ beloved Khokho passed away and leaves his great grandchildren a dusty suitcase full of his memories, unique items, surprises and strange garments. The deeper the characters dig, the more the story develops.

The Post attended the performance at Eden Christian School where the learners and educators were especially enthralled by one of the best performances Bela-Bela has seen in a while.

The tour was sponsored by the department of arts and culture and the national lottery.

Recently the play was selected to be a main production at the Baxter theatre, at the prestigious 19th AASITEJ World congress and international theatre festival for children and young people in Cape Town, which will take place from 20-24 May.

Andries van der Heyde

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