Sunday, 12 April 2015

Brief sojourn to the Swiss Alps

On Friday I took Goran to see a very child-friendly stage adaptation of Heidi at the National Children's Theatre, which is housed in a pair of neighbouring heritage buildings on one large rambling property in Parktown. It was his first visit to the theatre, and he loved it! I will definitely be taking him back to see future productions.

For those of you parents or grandparents who are looking for something different to do with your small humans, this makes for such a refreshing change of pace. The show is 90 minutes long, including a short intermission, during which time everyone heads into the sunny front room off the foyer for a bit of an indoor picnic (you're welcome to bring pre-packed food and drinks), or out into the courtyard for some fresh air. A basic selection of snacks, plus hot and cold refreshments, are on sale. Bring cash. There are very limited loo facilities, so make sure to time it carefully, especially with so many littlies and their unpredictable bladders in the house.

The NCT puts on six of these full theatre productions a year, as well as being heavily involved in school tours and life skills programmes.They also offer workshops for budding thespians, holiday camps, and birthday parties on site. Keep an eye on their website or Facebook page for upcoming events.

During Gauteng government school holidays, the stage shows run from Tuesday to Sunday, at 10:30am and 2:30pm. It's a tiny little theatre, seating just 55 adults on chairs (R110 for me), and 55 kids on floor cushions in front of the stage (R90 for Goran). For a full breakdown of ticket prices and payment options, click here. To book online, click here. There is lots of free and safe parking on the grounds. This is a highly recommended and memorable experience, for kids and adults alike.

Below: The building called Wynnstay, built in 1913, which seems to be used mainly for lessons and rehearsals and prop storage

Below: The building called Ridgeholm, built in 1902, in which the actual theatre is housed

Above: I nicked this pic of 'Heidi' off their Facebook page, as you aren't allowed to take photos during the performance