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Performed by Lashona Art and Theatre Creations

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.

Other Highlights

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

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Awards Won:

  • 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)

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