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Monday, November 26, 2018


(Matjamela Motloung directs The Magic Drum pic by Val Adamson)

The Playhouse Company, an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture, has a wealth of great educational theatre on offer for school learners in the months ahead. These include: The Magic Drum, the company’s year-end entertainment this December; and its three upcoming schools productions, Silent Screams, Sizwe’s Triumph Over Sumdanger, and Masihambisane (Let’s walk together), which are to be performed during the next Schools Season in February 2019.

The Magic Drum

Expect a magical theatre outing with this production which runs in The Playhouse Grand Foyer between December 6 and 15. The Magic Drum takes us on a journey to a village in the beautiful forest of Mathuthu Wonders, where a magical drum controls the order. Through its rhythms we experience the wonder of this magical place. With its underlying moral theme promoting integrity among young people, audiences are given a special experience of rhythmic sounds, boom-bap rap and sing-along tunes sure to leave a lasting memory. Ideal for breaking up parties for school groups, tickets for shows from December 4 to 7 at 10h00 are R30 per learner. Public performances on December 8, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 are at 14h30 (tickets R80).  Book at Computicket or call 031-369 9540 (office hours)

Booking has opened for the Playhouse Company’s three 2019 Schools productions, as detailed below. For information re performance times, touring rates, and to book, contact  Dawn Haddon, or call her on 031-369 9407 or 079 696 8328 (office hours).


Masihambisane motivates students to get involved in dance and art programmes at a young age. Important life lessons are discussed through dance storytelling, helping to motivate students to work hard and follow their dreams. The production, targeted for Grade 4 to Grade 7 learners, enabling them to follow an artistic career path, runs between February 25  and March 9 . Tickets are R30 per learner.

Silent Screams

The role of women in South African society is explored in this emotional journey through the lives of six characters, which also celebrates the heroines of the liberation movement, in particular, Winnie Mandela and Victoria Mxenge. Beginning with the first ever Women’s March of 1913, through to the 1956 March, and culminating with the recent Women's Total Shutdown, this contemporary play engages young and old on issues that continue to affect women. The production plays between February 4 and 16. R30 per learner.

Sizwe’s Triumph over Sumdanger
With the scourge of bullying in schools affecting many learners, Sizwe’s Triumph over Sumdanger draws attention to this pernicious social issue, and to its side effects of substance abuse, teenage pregnancy, and more bullying. This valuable awareness project will tour three districts in KwaZulu-Natal between February 4 and 22, followed by a run in eThekwini from February 25 to 28.  Tickets are R30 per learner.