Durban Children’s Theatre Festival

An array of productions, artists and workshops, aimed at children, at the ‘Durban Children’s Theatre Festival’, Monday 6 to Saturday 11 Oct.

These holidays, Catalina Theatre will play host to an array of productions, artists and workshops, as they launch The Durban Children’s Theatre Festival. The exciting line-up, featuring some of Durban’s finest production houses, is bound to put a smile on the faces of your little ones, and guarantees a fun family outing at Durban’s beautiful waterfront. They have something for everyone, bound to entertain, educate and entice all audiences and can’t wait for you to be a part of it! From a variety of family shows, to boat rides, to face painting, they have it all!

Written and directed by Clinton Marius, this fun-filled frolic stars energetic young actors, Shona Johnson and Khanyisani Kheswa, who appear as a widely-respected Fleaologist, and a world-renowned singing sensation. The production’s Small Top antics continue to delight, as the Duchess and the Doctor put their troupe of performers through their paces.

Join Zap and Buttons in this show about fitness, health and nutrition. This funny and heartwarming story, written by local performing artist Sandy Bigara, toured to over 50 000 children all across KZN. Zap the Exercise Fairy and her ‘bestie’ Buttons the Fashion Cat join forces to turn a lazy boy named Junk into a fitness star!

The cast members are talented performing artists with diagnosed disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy and learning disabilities. ‘uMthakati’ is a musical production for children and family audiences. It is a story about a misunderstood sangoma, written and directed by Neena Pitamber, a qualified educator who teaches learners with special needs.

A simple village boy saves his community from poverty and ecological disaster by planting trees. Nandagram Eco Village NPC was started with the aim of educating society at large about the benefits of living an ecologically and ethically sustainable lifestyle through setting a practical example.

Mpumy Ndlovu is a storyteller who trained at the Kwesukela Storytelling Academy in Johannesburg. She has worked with Gcina Mhlophe. and has done performances in Johannesburg and Durban Museums and Schools. Mpumy takes you back to the old art form of traditional storytelling to entertain whilst educating through African folklores told in English. These stories are told through games, music and traditional instruments. These stories include ‘The elephant and the seven blind men’, ‘The singing bird’ and ‘Two Shelen and Princess Anesu’.

Theatre-in-Education veteran script writer, director and performer, Gisele Turner, currently KZN Theatre4Youth mentor, offers a Make a Play Workshop exploring the capacity to create through play. Make a Play date for Monday 6 October from 10h00 to 12h00 – open to theatre practitioners and play makers. The cost of the workshop is R 20. To reserve a space in the workshop, email

Festival programme:

Monday 6 October
10h00 Creative workshop (R 20pp)
12h00 Launch
14h00 Fantastical Flea Circus
16h00 Zap and Buttons

Tuesday 7 October
10h00 Pot of Stories
12h00 Zap and Buttons
14h00 Fantastical Flea Circus
16h00 Ntswaki’s Adventure

Wednesday 8 October
10h00 Ntswaki’s Adventure
12h00 uMthakati
14h00 Zap and Buttons
16h00 Fantastical Flea Circus

Thursday 9 October
10h00 uMthakati
12h00 Fantastical Flea Circus
14h00 Ntswaki’s Adventure
16h00 Zap and Buttons

Friday 10 October
10h00 Fantastical Flea Circus
12h00 uMthakati
14h00 Zap and Buttons
16h00 Pot of Stories

Saturday 11 October
10h00 Pot of Stories
12h00 Fantastical Flea Circus
14h00 Zap and Buttons
16h00 Ntswaki’s Adventure

Show only: R 60 pp
Show and meal at Spur: R 120pp

Booking at Computicket.

Contact details

Tel: 0318375999
Where: Catalina Theatre, 18 Boatman’s Road (Entrance No 2), Wilson’s Wharf