About Us: Playing for Keeps

Performed by: arepp:Theatre for Life

No director listed

No playwright listed

About Us: Playing For Keeps follows two school friends whose carefree lives just got complicated. The class joker discovers that his sibling, who he thought was overseas, is actually in hospital with AIDS, and his personal search to try to come to terms with and understand it – bringing his family back together in the process. Meanwhile his pretty classmate is overwhelmed by the attentions of an older boy, who showers her with company, and gifts, and attention – but what does he want in exchange?

Through the course of the action the audience is introduced to HIV and AIDS and Tuberculosis; how they affect the body, as well as the prejudices and misinformation that surround them. They are also led to explore the nature of their own wants, desires and role in society, as well as the role and responsibility of the adults around them and, what is and what is not acceptable. The show stresses the importance of family, and examines how friendships provide support and assistance in difficult times.


  • Study Area: Personal and Social Well-being (PSW)
  • Topic 1: Development of the self
  • Topic 2: Health and environmental responsibility
  • Topic 3: Social responsibility


  • Topic 1: Development of the self in society
  • Topic 2: Health, social and environmental responsibility
  • Topic 3: Constitutional rights and responsibilities


60 minutes
Recommended Age:
9 years – 12 years
Recommended Grade:
Grade 4 – Grade 7
English (first language) / Afrikaans (second language)
Curriculum Connection:
Life Orientation/Life Skills
Themes Covered:
Choices, Discrimination, HIV-Aids, Identity, Illness and Disease, Intra/interpersonal conflicts, Life skills, Prejudice, Relationships, Self-efficacy, Self-image, Tolerance