Kwasha! Theatre Company has created a digital version of their acclaimed production of The Little Prince, to be screened on the Assitej World Congress’s online platform from 1 – 11 April. The Assitej World Congress is an international festival that presents a selection of the world’s most outstanding works in theatre for children and young people. The Little Prince was one of 30 productions selected from 1600 applications from around the world to perform at the 20th iteration, which would have been held live in Tokyo in 2020. Due to the global pandemic, the festival is now happening with an online component in 2021.

Viewers can buy an all-access pass to the festival, or a single ticket to view the production at assitejonline.org. Assitej SA are also offering discounted tickets for their members.

Described as the story of a grown up meeting their inner child, The Little Prince has delighted audiences of all ages. The tale begins when an aviator who has crashed his plane comes across a little boy in the middle of the Sahara desert. The boy tells the aviator that he is from another planet, and that he has left the safety of his own tiny home to travel the universe. On his pan-galactic travels, he meets a series of characters, each causing him to reflect on the oddities of adult behaviour.

Originally written in French, The Little Prince is the world’s most translated book, outside of religious works. It is translated in 300 languages including English, IsiZulu, Afrikaans and IsiXhosa. This version, which brings the world-famous story to life through storytelling, music, movement and circus, and was nominated for two Naledi Awards in 2019, is directed by Mwenya Kabwe and Clara Vaughan. The production was first made possible through the support of the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS), and Mazars.

Feel free to find out more on the ASSITEJ website: ASSITEJ World Congress for information about the event, and https://assitejonline.org/ for the festival itself.

Ticket cost to the World Congress:
Full price ticket = 99 USD; Discounted ticket = 40 USD (approximately R590).
National centres are able to buy bulk tickets however, so if you become a member of ASSITEJ SA (or renew your membership) you will pay only R450, inclusive of your membership fee for the year (R150).

If you are already a paid-up member of ASSITEJ SA, you can get a ticket through ASSITEJ SA for only R300.

Please contact Miriam Mayet on Assistant@theatre4youth.co.za for more information, and to secure your ticket. ASSITEJ SA will also host live watch-parties and create opportunities for local and continental networking where possible, on the ground in South Africa.