First Puppet Theatre festival for Durban

puppet festDURBAN’S very first Family Theatre Puppet Festival, the Nandogam EcoVillage iKHO! Festival takes place at Seabrooke’s Theatre on February 26, 27 and 28. This exciting festival, which is supported by NAC and ASSITEJ SA, runs over three days and offers a feast of local puppet theatre productions with a strong ecological awareness theme. 

Six productions make up the programme, starting on Friday, February 26 with Happy go Lucky’s Sunshine Babies, performed by Sibo Masondo and Mlu Ngidi in the morning.

Peter Court’s new Creative Madness production about water conservation, Drip Drop Drip, launches the festival in the evening and is aimed at families with older children.

On Saturday, February 27 the programme includes Lucky Strike, an international award winning script by Gisele Turner which is followed by a free pop up rod puppet theatre Chippi and the Gang, written and directed by Gisele Turner and performed by Phillipa Savage.

The day finishes with Nandogran EcoVillage’s production Nstwaki’s Adventure, which features giant marionettes and tells the story of Ntswaki and his search for advice on sustainable living. On Sunday there will be two performances of Blue Boy.  Inspired by the mystic stories of India.

NPC Nandagram EcoVillage promotes and tutors sustainable living and their iKHO! Festival is a vehicle to bring families together in the spirit of conservation.

Tickets will be available at the door and are R35 a person; with a portion of the proceeds being donated to Acting for Rhinos. Please contact Laghu on 079 633 3892 for more information and to book.


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