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Sunday, June 16, 2019


(Adi Paxton)

The kiddies are in for a treat this June/July Holidays with African Fables which runs at Rhumbelow Theatre in Durban from June 17 to 22, 2019.

Well-known Durban children's entertainer Adi Paxton (best known as Cherry the Clown) takes the role of storyteller as she shares three traditional African Fables. With a lot of audience participation, puppetry, balloons, a few magic tricks and plenty of fun, each show allows the audience to enjoy these traditional tales to the full.

The three tales: The Tortoise and the Birds (Swazi), The Monster Gongongo and the Tortoise (Swazi) and uFudu and the iJuba, the Dove (Zulu) each tell of a different aspect of the Tortoise. Subtle lessons are woven into the fabric of each story and the characters with a focus on plenty of fun using hats, wigs, puppets and a lot of imagination.

Some of the most unexpected characters contribute: from a giant fish, to a lion, to a parrot. Find out and explore these old stories in a new way and discover your favourite.

A professional performer since 1986, Paxton first developed her Cherry the Clown Character that July and she started performing one-woman interactive puppet stories with her original Pet's Tale in 1994. She has since gone on to perform nationally and internationally for audiences of all backgrounds, from prisoners to presidents. Her shows particularly appeal to families and the young at heart:

African Fables can be seen at 11h00 each day from June 17 to 22. The show runs for approximately 55 minutes. There will be some fun colouring in afterwards for the youngsters and a colouring in competition. Snacks and juices will be on sale. 

Tickets R75 booked through Computicket or contact Roland on 082 499 8636 or email : or visit

Rhumbelow Durban is situated at 42 Cunningham Road off Bartle Road in Umbilo.