By Jeoffrey Mukubi
THE National Theatre of Namibia, in association with VM Born Stars Productions, is planning to stage the well-known Tswana folktale, Tselane and the Giant, from 11 to 14 September.
The NTN has for four years not staged a children’s theatre production.
It is for this reason that the founder and artistic director of VM Born Stars Productions, Veronique Mensah, decided to stage the play.
Tselani and the Giant is a story that contains drama, suspense and laughter. It is about a little girl called Tselane, who lives with her mother on a lone homestead on the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains.
A giant kidnaps the little girl.
The VM Born Stars Productions has worked with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Parliament, the Pan-African Women’s Organisation for Southern African Regional Office (PAWO-SARO) and the Junior National Council, on various educational theatre performances.
Mensah, who is a well-known actor, is also a writer, director, educational theatre facilitator and practitioner in the South African entertainment and edutainment industry. She is the driving force behind the children’s theatre production.
“Children’s theatre, and theatre for young people, feeds our children and young people creatively; a quality that so many adults have lost along the way,” she said.
“Children, just as adults, are cultural citizens, and we need to use these avenues to interactively address issues with them,” Mensah said. She added that communities need to allow children to think creatively, by creating conscious platforms, where discipline is administered through storytelling. “Children’s theatre allows engagement and interaction to take place. Childhood psychology has shown that when your educator allows your own opinions and situations to shape the end-result, you learn and understand the lesson better.”
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