The Little Prince, a South African inspired adaptation
A unique African adaptation of The Little Prince to celebrate his 75th anniversary!
As a continuation of the partnership which was consolidated in an MOU in 2016, the Market Theatre Foundation and the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) are very proud to present an African inspired adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic fable, The Little Prince performed by Kwasha!, the Market Theatre Foundation’s brand-new theatre company. This promising Pan African production will premiere at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown and then tour South Africa, including Durban, Bloemfontein, Sasolburg and Johannesburg.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s world famous and timeless classic book is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year – and is still as vivid as ever! The book is brought to life in an exciting production created with the additional support of Mazars.
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, Zulu, Afrikaans and Xhosa.
The Little Prince performed by Kwasha! will be a magical re-telling of the book using an innovative and playful fusion of art forms - storytelling, music and circus - in multiple languages, creating a unique South African inspired production of this French masterpiece, for adults and children alike..
Clara Vaughan and Mwenya B. Kabwe
Balindile Ka Ngcobo
Lesego April Chabedi
Set and Costume Design
Sibusiso David Ndumndum
Ali Monanye Madiga
Special thanks to
28 - 30 June at 12pm
1 July at 12pm
National Arts Festival, Victoria Theatre
6 July and 11 - 12 July
Vrystaat Arts Festival
23 - 24 October
ERT (Etienne Rousseau Theatre)
1 - 3 November
DUT, Courtyard Theatre
8 - 25 November
Market Theatre Laboratory
and more dates to come throughout South Africa!
This book is a philosophical tale about a Little Prince who, through an initiatory journey around the galaxy, discovers adulthood and several concepts such as Love, Friendship, Happiness, Loneliness... The story begins when the narrator comes across a mysterious little boy in the middle of the Sahara’s desert who tells him about his adventures. The Little Prince left his small asteroid where he lived with a very special Rose, to start an intergalactic travel. He visited many planets where grown-ups incarnate humankind’s most common vices before landing on Earth where he learnt his most important lesson from a fox: "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye".
Born on July 29th 1900 in Lyon (France) in an old aristocratic family, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry served in the Air Force as a pilot. His career nourished his writing, and both talents earned him the French Medal of Honor. His novels Southern Mail (1929), Night Flight (1931, Prix Femina) and Wind, Sand and Stars (1939, Prix de l’Académie Française), are worldwide successes, as are his late novels, written in the US during the war: Flight to Arras (1942) and The Little Prince (1943). Having joined the Free French Forces to combat Nazi Germany, Saint-Exupéry was shot down on mission on July 31, 1944. The Little Prince was first published in April 1943, initially in French and in English.
Kwasha! is the isiZulu interjection which, loosely translated means, ’it’s on fire!’ The Kwasha! theatre company is a collaborative project between the Market Theatre Laboratory and The Windybrow Arts Centre. The project aims to support the careers of recent graduates and to provide drama classes for youth at the Windybrow Arts Centre. Five of South Africa’s most exciting emergent theatre-makers have been identified as the inaugural members of the company, and now work together to create a programme of exciting new theatre pieces.
Read more on the website of the French Institute of South Africa.
The French Institute of South Africa (IFAS)
T: 011 403 0458
The Market Theatre Foundation
T: 011 832 1641