Honeyman tells tall tales

2015-12-08 06:00
Zoleka Helesi, Janice Honeyman and Marty Kintu hope to keep the whole family entertained in Bangalory's Back at the Baxter.  PHOTO: Andrew Brown

Zoleka Helesi, Janice Honeyman and Marty Kintu hope to keep the whole family entertained in Bangalory's Back at the Baxter. PHOTO: Andrew Brown

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Acclaimed director Janice Honeyman returns in her production of Bangalory’s Back at the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio this holiday.

After decades of directing award-winning productions, Janice has re­created the magic of storytelling with a show ideally suited for children aged five to 12.

From 1976 to 1977 Honeyman became a household name in South Africa when she presented the very first children’s television show, Bangalory Time.

Janice, along with Zoleka Helesi and Marty Kintu, are bringing Bangalory back with a morning of fun story-making, music, comedy, puppetry and tale-telling along with a few silly limericks, some sweet little riddles, some guessing games, dot-to-dots, jigsaw puzzles and a sing-a-long for the children.

Janice has written five short stories with colourful illustrations to bring to life the vibrancy and magic of the production’s characters and settings.

“In the Bangalory Story shop we will pick each story from the twirling tell-tale tree,” explains the director. “It will be fast, fun, zany and sometimes even sad and touching.”

The shop will be decorated with mobiles, crafts, puppets, dolls and props that suggest a space filled with stories.

Janice says she’s tried to create a family experience and wants grandparents and parents to attend the show too.

“I would really like them to leave the auditorium feeling imaginatively stimulated, so we will also throw in selfies and signing after the performances.”

Bangalory’s Back will be on stage Tuesdays to Saturdays from tomorrow to 9 January at 10:00 and noon. V Tickets cost R75 for bookings before 7 December and R95 thereafter. Tickets are available at Computicket. For discounted corporate or group block bookings, fundraisers or charities contact Sharon Ward on 021 680 3962 or sharon.ward@uct.ac.za or Carmen Kearns on 021 680 3993 or carmen.kearns@­uct.ac.za during office hours.


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