Family fare at the fest

IF you are looking for good, clean, family fun at the National Arts Festival, take a look at the Assitej programme, which is back in Grahamstown for its fifth year in a row later this month.

Aimed at giving youth and young audiences quality theatre, the Assitej Family Fare Platform is based at Oatlands Prep School near the centre of Grahamstown and provides creative and stimulating activities run by artists and staff.

The youth programme also features performances at Oatlands Prep, Memory Hall, Transnet Great Hall and Drostdy Lawn, spread over 20 productions.

Here are a few of the highlights:

  • A 2014 favourite Narrative Dreams return to the Fringe. Described as a poignant tale of childhood loneliness, and finding something and someone to sustain you, this play is the result of mentorship from Assitej SA with playwright Lereko Mfono and director Omphile Molusi part of the Assitej SA Inspiring a Generation programme.
  • Incredible Journey, which is a 2015 Standard Bank Ovation recipient, returns to tell the tale of Tommy and his battles at school.
  • 2-4-1 Even More Fun is aimed at pre-schoolers and is full of clowning around and fun.
  • Florence and Watson and the Sugarbush Mouse: sees husband and wife team Rob van Vuuren and Danielle Bischoff as Florence and Watson, the funniest, all-singing, all-dancing, all-storytelling Honey Badgers in a piece of musical theatre.

New productions include a French-South African collaboration with Theatre Thump! and other work especially created for the under-sixes.

Ticket prices range from R50 to R61 per person and some productions will have a half price special during their run. Grahamstown’s Denese Palm, a parent and entrepreneur, has for the last four years provided catering.


For more information and block bookings (046) 603-1186/1163 or e-mail Inquiries may also be directed to


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