Space Rocks

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Writer: Tamara Schulz
Director: Craig Morris

Cast: Diana Penman, Lehlohonolo Dube, Thapelo Mohapi Oora Motsikoe, Stella Dlangalala, Sthe Khali

Ten, nine, eight, seven six… When his sister starts the count-down to blast-off, JoJo is not ready to head into space in their home-made space ship. But Jinks has been fighting with Mother again, and there’s no stopping her when she’s like this. As they steer their way past the mournful Moon, and quick-talking Mercury, JoJo has to deal with some pretty scary things. Like Vortex and Void, who are chasing them through the solar system. Luckily he is an expert on planets, because Jinks keeps trying to do terribly unsafe things, like landing on Venus. By the time they get to strict Saturn, JoJo has had enough – every adventurer has a limit. Then Jinks gets them into a fix she cant fix, and it is JoJo who will have to get them home.

Space Rocks is a brand new play aimed at audiences between the ages of 4 and 8 years old. It combines science, technology and mythology to create an innovative and playful theatrical experience about early childhood development and emotional growth. Each planet has a gift and a lesson to help them defeat Void and Vortex, who lurk on the edges of the galaxy. Will JoJo overcome his fear of the dark? Will his big sister let him take the controls? With a blend of mythology and science, this play is about how children learn through play, and find hidden strength within as they take their first steps towards independence.

Craig Morris directs the Drama for Life Theatre Company cast using a combination of puppetry, magic and simple technology. The play teaches young learners about the solar system, about trust, responsibility and resilience.

Space Rocks was developed as part of the New Visions New Voices International Playwrights Intensive – under the auspices of the Kennedy Centre in Washington DC.


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