After acclaimed performances at the National Arts Festival, Vrystaat Arts Festival and the South African Book Fair, the Kwasha! Theatre Company continues its successful tour of Saint Exupéry’s beloved tale, The Little Prince around South Africa. The show has already been seen by more than 1500 people and has received standing ovations and glowing reviews. Described as “one of the best festivals shows I have ever seen” by Cue reviewer Sam Spiller and as a “must-see” by Bloemfontein Courant reviewer Jeretha Oosthuizen, The Little Prince is only half way through its magical tour. It will run in Cape Town, Sasolburg, and Durban in October, before returning for a season at the Ramolao Makhene Theatre in Johannesburg in November, thanks to the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) and the Market Theatre Foundation, with the support of Mazars.
More about the play
The Little Prince, directed by Mwenya Kabwe and Clara Vaughan, is a magical African inspired adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic fable. This world-famous, timeless story celebrates its 75th anniversary this year – and is still as vivid as ever! It is brought to life in this exciting production using an innovative and playful fusion of art forms – storytelling, music and circus – in multiple languages, creating a unique South African production of this French masterpiece, for adults and children alike.
Originally written in French, The Little Prince is the world’s most translated book, outside of religious works. It is translated in 300 languages including English, Zulu, Afrikaans and Xhosa. It tells the story of a little boy who leaves the safety of his own tiny planet to travel the universe, learning the vagaries of adult behaviour through a series of extraordinary encounters. Known as 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 Kwasha! theatre company is a collaborative project between the Market Theatre Laboratory and The Windybrow Arts Centre. The project aims to support the careers of recent graduates and to provide drama classes for youth at the Windybrow Arts Centre. Five of South Africa’s most exciting emergent theatre-makers have been identified as the inaugural members of the company, and now work together to create a programme of exciting new theatre pieces.
The Little Prince is one of the first substantial projects of Kwasha! Theatre Company. It is a continuation of the partnership which was consolidated in an MOU in 2016 between the Market Theatre Foundation and the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS).
8 – 25 November
Market Theatre Laboratory
The Market Theatre Foundation
T: 011 832 1641
The French Institute of South Africa (IFAS)
T: 011 403 0458