The Kwasha! theatre company will be putting on an African inspired adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic fable, The Little Prince – and we couldn’t be more excited!
This year the timeless classic book, which the play is adapted from, is celebrating its 75th anniversary. The Little Prince originally written in French, has been translated into 300 languages including isiZulu and isiXhosa and is the world’s most translated book outside of religious works.
The story follows a little boy who leaves the safety of his own tiny planet to travel the universe, learning about adult behaviour through a series of extraordinary encounters. Although the story is known to be a children’s tale, it is also considered as a metaphor of a grown-up meeting his inner child. It is a philosophical contemplation of loneliness, friendship, adulthood and authority.
The Little Prince performed by Kwasha! promises to be a magical re-telling of the classic book using different types of artforms including storytelling, music and circus. What makes this even more appealing is that this version will also be in multiple languages, creating a unique South African inspired production of this French masterpiece. It’s an exciting collaboration between Mazars, the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) and the Market Theatre Foundation.
…Meet the cast
Kwasha! (an isiZulu interjection loosely translated means ‘it’s on fire!’) is a group of trailblazing theatre-makers. The theatre company was formed as part of a collaboration between the Market Theatre Foundation and the historic Windybrow Arts Centre and aims to support the careers of recent graduates, providing drama classes for youth.
The all-South African cast includes Balindile ka Ngcobo, a Pietermartizburg-born actor, voice artist and theatre-maker. Singer and actor Khanyisile Ngwabe will be on the lineup along with young talent and Market Theatre Laboratory graduate Lesego April Chabedi. We’ll also be watching out for theatre makers Mathews Rantsoma and Sinenhlanhla Mgeyi also part of the production.
…We found some behind the scenes footage
Over the past months the cast have been getting fit training to do upside down splits, cartwheels and other crazy tricks. Here is a short video of the brilliant The Little Prince cast sharing a sneak peak of what goes on during rehearsals…
This awesome behind the scenes clip is making us even more excited to go watch Kwasha!’s The Little Prince!
The Windybrow Arts Centre
The Market Theatre
Mazars South Africa
Posted by Kwasha Theatre Company on Thursday, June 14, 2018
The play premiers at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown and will then tour South Africa.
Grahamstown: 28 – 30 June and 1 July at 12pm, National Arts Festival, Victoria Theatre
Bloemfontein: 6 July and 11 – 12 July, Vrystaat Arts Festival
Sasolburg: 23 – 24 October, ERT – Etienne Rousseau Theatre
Durban: 1 – 3 November DUT Courtyard Theatre
Johannesburg: 8 – 25 November, Market Theatre Laboratory
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