Playwright: Gisele Turner // Director: Doctor Vusi Kheswa
A collaboration between Lashona Arts and Gisele Turner of Happy-go-Lucky Productions and has resulted in an award-winning play ready to tour schools. Set in the Inanda Township, the play, Lucky Strike – which is published as a Grade Seven Set work – focuses on a young boy who is part of a child-headed household. An orphaned puppy wanders into S’fiso’s shack and changes his life. The play addresses various social issues including xenophobia, death of a parent, the vulnerability of young people as well as such positive themes as community support, the joy of owning a pet and feminine empowerment.
Using a life-size marionette for the dog and two mouth puppets the show offers a rich cultural and artistic experience as well as a meaningful message.
It was first performed at D.U.T’s Children’s Festival in 2011, performed by First year students.
A number of schools in the city area sent their learners to attend the festival. The current version of the production is set to tour schools in late 2014 / early 2015.
Duration: 45 minutes
Age Range: 8 years - 13 years
Grades: Grade 3 - Grade 7
Language(s): English, Zulu
- The Play came 2nd in the 2010 Trinity College International Playwright’s Award.
Festivals Attended/Performances at:
- D.U.T’s Children’s Festival (2011)