Acclaimed play back at Baxter

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

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

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, sing-a-long for the children.

Janice has written short five stories with colourful illustrations, to bring to life the vibrancy and magic 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 prompt props that suggest a space filled with stories.”

Janice says she’s tried to create a family experience and would love to grandparents and patents also attend the show.

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

Bangalory’s Back will be on stage Tuesdays to Saturdays from Wednesday 9 December until Saturday 9 January at 10:00 and 12:00.

Tickets cost R75 for bookings before 7 December and R95 throughout thereafter. Tickets are available at Computicket. For discounted corporate or group block bookings, fundraisers or charities contact Sharon Ward on 021 680 3962 or email sharon.ward@uct.ac.za or Carmen Kearns on 021 680 3993 or email her at carmen.kearns@uct.ac.za during office hours.

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