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Thursday, July 24, 2014


The Tortoise’s Dream, a play for children, is coming up at the Hexagon Theatre in Pietermaritzburg this weekend.

It is a delightful African tale about a Tortoise who dreams about a magical fruit-laden tree and the animals’ search to find it. Directed by Ntokozo Madlala, a lecturer at the UKZN Pietermaritzburg drama department, the show is targeted at 6 to 10 year olds. It is performed by the postgraduate acting class of 2014, with delightful designs and masks by Jess Killerby.

With enthusiasm, energy and colour, they take audiences on an enchanting journey. Children get to meet fantastical characters such as Freddie the Frog, Penny the Peacock, Betty the Bumblebee, Tiny the Tortoise, Dora the Giraffe, Mlomo the Monkey and Lion, King of the Jungle. The journey turns into a race as the animals vie to be the first to find the magical tree of life. One by one they set out on a journey where they encounter various obstacles. As it turns out, one of the smallest animals in the jungle gets it right!

The Tortoise’s Dream has performances at the Hexagon on July 25 at 18h00 and July 26 at 09h30 and 11h30. Tickets R25 at the door or e-mail for bookings. The Hexagon Studio Theatre is situated on the UKZN Pietermaritzburg campus.