Under the Baobab Tree

Sun Jun 19, 11:00 - Sun Jul 24, 12:00
National Children's Theatre - Open air theatre


Under the Baobab Tree will explode onto the stage on 19 June to 24 July 2022 at our outdoor IMAGINATION theatre. This National Children’s Theatre production is a sprightly follow on from NCT’s ground-breaking and Naledi award-winning production of Khokho’s Treasure.

The production delivers a charming selection of traditional stories, vibrant songs, pulsating rhythms, African drums and lively dance to educate and entertain all primary school learners (ages 4 and up).

NCT’s professional, energetic and multi-talented cast takes audiences on an original, action-packed interactive jaunt, and point to essential life-lessons at the same time: lessons about values and friendship, about being creative and self-sufficient, and instilling a sense of pride in our rich, unique South African culture and heritage. This show values all of us as proud South Africans with a rich rainbow heritage and culture.


The story begins when their beloved Jack passes on. As they all gather UNDER THE BAOBAB TREE the local children are surprised to hear that they have inherited a large dusty old suitcase. They call their friends to help open the suitcase and carefully uncover their treasure of mementos: some old photographs, a tape recorder, traditional garments, hats, animal bones and other odds.

They have great fun remembering stories that uncle Jack told, using these 'treasures' and listening, eventually singing and dancing to music from uncle Jack's collection, including Miriam Makeba, Mango Groove, Freshly Ground and Johannes Kerkorrel.


This charming South African production will enthrall and entertain young audiences and teach them some valuable lessons about friendship, UBUNTU and the rich diversity of South African cultures. 

Themes: Decision-making. Trust. Courage. Caring. 


We also tour to schools and invite schools to our charming outdoor Imagination Theatre for a magical experience.

Length of show: 55 minutes – no intermission

Age: All ages, best from 3 up

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This is an outdoor production, please bring your own chair, blankets or cushions sit on.

Children under 2 do not need a ticket.

Photography/Filming Photographers or film crews occasionally operate within National Children's Theatre. All photography and videography will be used for PR and social media purposes and for the promotion of National Children's Theatre.


Tickets are non-refundable. Should the performance be cancelled, ticket holders can reschedule at a convenient date and time of their choice, subject to availability. Tickets have to be redeemed within a three months period.


Tuck Shop - We have a tuck shop that sells a few treats well as a refreshing juice and water, however we do not allow food or drinks in our indoor theatre.


Parking - Free and secure covered parking is available in our new parking area.

Additional information

Age restriction Family friendly
Refund policy No refunds


Under the Baobab Tree
National Children's Theatre - Open air theatre
3 Junction Ave, Parktown, Johannesburg, 2193
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