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KGOSI, THE MOON AND THE BABOON (article first published : 2007-12-21; last edited : [an error occurred while processing this directive])

Kgosi, The Moon & The Baboon is storytelling for young children at its best. It tells the story of Kgosi’s search for the moon after it is stolen by the baboon. Along the way, Kgosi meets different characters such as a baobab tree, an ostrich and an oyster who each give him a gift to help him. Finally, Kgosi is presented with a riddle which he has to solve in order to find the moon.

Written and directed by Aldo Brincat with Ndiyapo Machacha and Gao Lemmenyane, Kgosi, The Moon & The Baboon is performed by four of Aldo's students from the Maru-a-Pula School in Botswana: Natasha Mmonatau, Bokamoso Makole, Valentina Muraleedharan and Jacob van Riet-Lowe.

Aldo Brincat, who makes a welcome return to Durban, was responsible for many award-winning productions such as King Kong, The House Husband, The Boy With A Clown’s Heart and Defending The Cavebrats.

Kgosi, The Moon & The Baboon is a very informal production in the story-telling format. The characters, and indeed part of the sets, are created by the performers as they are needed – often with the help of members of the audience. To add to the fun, various simple wire and bead props are used to define a character. The baobab tree in particular, defined by a headdress representing branches and fruit, is quite delightful.

The actors are particularly sensitive to the different ages in their audience and communicate well with all of them, drawing the children into the action. The energy is electric and there is a tremendous amount of audience participation and it was wonderful to see the eagerness with which the children responded. Every time help was called for, there was a rush for the stage by the little ones and this in itself is proof of the magnetic quality of this production.

If you want to entertain your children over the holidays, or you just feel like being a kid again yourself, don’t miss Kgosi, The Moon & The Baboon!. It’s fun and it will lift your spirits.

Kgosi, The Moon & The Baboon! runs at Catalina Theatre, Wilson’s Wharf until December 23 from Tuesdays till Sundays at 11h00. The show lasts 50 minutes. Tickets R45 include a complimentary boat ride in the harbour (R30 show only). Bookings through Catalina Theatre on 031 305 6889. – Janet Whelan




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