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Christine van der Westhuizen + Andrea 1By Christine van der Westhuizen, mother to three kids between 9 and 19 years, personal servant to three cats and three dogs, I fill my days with writing and making picture pillows and jewellery for my little business, Fabjulous Factoree. My website: www.fabjulousfactoree.co.za.

A good play, in my view, is one that makes me laugh and think and teaches me something I didn’t know. Khokho’s Treasure is not that.

It is a brilliant play. It not only made me laugh, it made me laugh out real loud (“I could hear you laugh, Mom,” said my 9-year old, who sat elsewhere in the audience). It also made me cheer, gave me goose bumps and a lump in my throat.

Khokho’s Treasure celebrates old man Jack’s life, who died and left behind a big suitcase for the kids in his street. In it they found a treasure of memories, music and magical stories. It is an explosion of energy and emotions on the little stage of the National Children’s Theatre in Parktown.

Working in perfect synergy, the cast looked like the thousand legs of a shongololo crossing the road. They grabbed the audience by the waist, made us wiggle to the sound of the Pata Pata song and didn’t let go until everyone was out of breath and giggling.

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In the eleven years I’ve been attending shows I haven’t enjoyed a show this much, and I’ve seen plenty of brilliant plays at this theatre.

“Ladumaaa” to director Francois Theron and the cast: Suzaan Helberg, Sandy Dlangalala, Sibusiso Ferguson, Nomonde Matiwane, Mark Tatham and Kealoboga Tshenye.

Khokho’s Treasure is on stage till 4 September 2016, 10:20 and 14:30. Tickets are R90 – R100. Not for children under 4 years. Info: 011-484-1584 or www.nationalchildrenstheatre.org.za

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