A unique African adaptation of The Little Prince to celebrate his 75th anniversary

An African inspired adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic fable, The Little Prince will be performed by the Market Theatre Foundation’s brand-new theatre company, Kwasha and will premiere at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.

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This promising Pan African production will then tour South Africa including Johannesburg in November.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s world famous and timeless classic book is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year and is still as vivid as ever.

The book is brought to life in an exciting production created with the additional support of Mazars to reinforce a fruitful collaboration between the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) and the Market Theatre Foundation.

Originally written in French, The Little Prince is the world’s most translated book, outside of religious works.

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 Little Prince, performed by Kwasha, will be a magical re-telling of the book using an innovative and playful fusion of storytelling, music and circus in multiple languages, creating a uniquely South African inspired production of this French masterpiece, for adults and children alike.

The Kwasha theatre company is a collaborative project between the Market Theatre Laboratory and The Windybrow Arts Centre.

The production will be staged from November 8 to 25 at Market Theatre Laboratory.

Go to www.markettheatre.co.za

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