Pillow Fort Theatre performance and workshops

Assitej SA
09/19/2018 17:00:11

Pillow Fort Theatre tours to Joburg, in partnership with ASSITEJ SA and UJ Arts & Culture, to perform and offer workshops in theatre for young audiences.

Pillow Fort Theatre tours to creches in Johannesburg this September, in partnership with ASSITEJ SA and UJ Arts & Culture; as well as offering a workshop to professionals interested in making theatre for toddlers, and a performance open to members of the public.

ASSITEJ SA, in partnership with UJ Arts & Culture (a division of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at University of Johannesburg), will host a workshop and performance series by acclaimed theatre company, Pillow Fort Theatre. As one of the companies pioneering the creation of work which engages young children, they will be touring their show ‘Just Here’ to creches in the Johannesburg area in the mornings, but will also make a performance open to members of the public, as well as a workshop series for anyone interested in learning more about creating this type of theatre. Both the public performance and workshop series will be hosted at the UJ Art Centre on the University’s Kingsway Campus in Auckland Park.

Pillow Fort Theatre specialises in making artistically-conceived theatre productions for the very young, and particularly pre-verbal children. The workshop series for theatre professionals, students and anyone else interested in learning more about creating this type of theatre will take place at the UJ Arts Centre on Tuesday 25 September 14:00-17:00, Thursday 27 14:00-17:00 and the whole day on Saturday 29 September, 09:00-15:00. Attendance at this three-day workshop series costs R150 for ASSITEJ SA members and R300 for non-members, and can be booked through UJ Arts & Culture, via their website: (ASSITEJ members should contact ASSITEJ for their promo code to access their discounted workshop rate).

‘Just Here’ will be performed in the Large Studio at the UJ Arts Centre on Saturday 29 September at 09:00, at a cost of R40 per person. All ages are welcome, and tickets can be booked via

‘Just Here’ is the latest offering from Pillow Fort Theatre Productions, the company behind the highly acclaimed ‘Patchwork’, which won ‘Best International Performance’ at the 2015 Festival of Theatre for Children and Youth in Iran. Directed by Handspring puppeteer Gabriel Marchand, featuring Asanda Rilityana and Roshina Ratnam, and with handmade instruments and original music by Pedro Espi-Sanchis (Pedro the Music Man); this production has toured successfully to Reunion Island, Italy, Germany and Hungary.

It is a unique piece of puppetry theatre about a little someone called Kodu, who finds herself in an unfamiliar place, far from home and from the people she knows. Unable to leave her bed, but with a little magic and the power of her own imagination, Kodu goes on an enchanting adventure. It is created for 1-3 year olds and meets this special audience eye-to-eye, mind-to-mind. For a trailer of the production, go to

‘Just Here’ was created with the support of ASSITEJ SA and the South African National Arts Council and has previously toured to creches in Limpopo, the North West and the Northern Cape with support from ASSITEJ SA, where successful workshops with artists led to the development of new productions. ASSITEJ SA hopes that the works inspired by these workshops will get their first outing at the ASSITEJ SA / UJ Family Theatre Festival to be hosted by UJ Arts & Culture from 26 November – 9 December 2018. The best works may be invited to participate in some way in ASSITEJ SA’s international theatre for young audience’s festival, Cradle of Creativity, to be held from 20-25 August 2019 in Cape Town at the Baxter Theatre.

For more information, contact Alison at ASSSITEJ SA via or 011 028 6638. ASSITEJ members should contact ASSITEJ for their promo code to access their discounted workshop rate.


ASSITEJ South Africa is a registered NPO (066-875), which operates as a networking platform for people working with or interested in theatre for children and young people. It aims to promote and foster high quality theatre for children and young people, to raise standards within the industry, to increase access and awareness, to be an advocate for the right of every child to arts education in schools, and to build relationships within the sector locally, nationally, across the continent and globally.

Members are present in all provinces include: actors, musicians, dancers, directors, choreographers, theatre educators, stage designers and dramatists, as well as theatre companies, organisations and institutions, critics and cultural journalists, cultural officers, amateur drama groups, organizers, societies and other networks.

ASSITEJ South Africa works to promote international awareness of South African theatre for children and young people, through networking, organising exchanges, touring performances, and by facilitating contacts. Members are given access to a global network of information about festivals, performances, courses and seminars all over the world, with the potential to participate in these activities. ASSITEJ SA was the proud host of the 19th ASSITEJ World Congress and Performing Arts Festival, Cradle of Creativity, in 2017.

ASSITEJ South Africa is generously supported by the National Lotteries Commission, the National Arts Council of South Africa, the Department of Arts and Culture, Rand Merchant Bank and the UNESCO IFCD. Other funders, supporters and partners include the HCI Foundation, the City of Cape Town, Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Business and Arts South Africa (BASA), Buz Publicity, Splitbeam Gearhouse, Institut Francaise, Alliance Francaise, Africalia, Pro Helvetia, Goethe Institut, Government of Flanders, SIDA, The National School of the Arts, Artscape, Baxter Theatre, Theatre Arts Admin Collective, the National Arts Festival, the Distell Foundation, the Kids of the Cape, the Cape Tercentenary Foundation, CATHSSETA, Ruth & Anita Wise Trust, Lorenzo and Stella Chiappini Charitable Trust, Puppetry South Africa, The Arts and Culture Trust and Nedbank Arts Affinity, Copy Dog Productions, Mandela Bay Development Agency, Speeltheater Holland Studio, Bush Radio, FMR, and Cape Town Television.

About UJ Arts & Culture:

UJ Arts & Culture, a division of the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (FADA) produces and presents world-class student and professional arts programmes aligned to the UJ vision of an international university of choice, anchored in Africa, dynamically shaping the future. A robust range of arts platforms are offered on all four UJ campuses for students, staff, alumni, and the general public, to experience and engage with emerging and established Pan-African and international artists drawn from the full spectrum of the arts. For more information, please visit

In addition to UJ Arts & Culture, FADA ( offers programmes in eight creative disciplines, in Art, Design and Architecture, as well as playing home to the NRF SARChI Chair in South African Art & Visual Culture, and the Visual Identities in Art & Design Research Centre. The Faculty has a strong focus on sustainability and relevance, and engages actively with the dynamism, creativity and diversity of Johannesburg in imagining new approaches to art and design education. Account:
Alison Green
011 028 6638
072  599 5716
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UJ Arts Centre, cnr Kingsway and University Road Auckland Park Johannesburg Gauteng South Africa