Adventure unfolds in oceanic rescue puppet show

The cast of Ka-BOOM! from left, is the show’s writer, Sophie Joans; designer Lize-Marie Wait; and director Tshiamo Moretlwe.

Little ones are invited to The Drama Factory to step into a world where imagination knows no limits, and empathy takes center stage with Ka-BOOM!, a puppetry performance.

Ka-BOOM! is the theatrical experience of a lifetime, tailored for adventurous spirits aged between 7 and 11 years, and the shows run from Friday February 16 to Sunday February 18.

The adventure unfolds in the storyline when Squish and Splat, two unlikely heroes, embark on a daring quest to rescue the ocean from a cunning plastic bag.

It’s a journey that’s as entertaining as it is enlightening, combining the magic of puppetry with the humor of a Pixar movie.

The 45-minute puppetry performance promise to engage young minds while addressing climate crisis, anxiety, and apathy in a playful, thought-provoking manner.

The Ka-BOOM! production is on a mission to reignite care for the natural world. This children’s theatre play has been carefully crafted to embody the struggle many face when dealing with environmental issues.

Ka-BOOM! is part of UNIMA SA’s 2024 puppet theatre incubation program, and the show is directed by Tshiamo Moretlwe, an actress and voice-over artist whose puppetry journey began in 2021, through Janni Younge and UNIMA SA’s puppetry workshops.

She graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2020 with a BA (Hons) in Theatre and Performance, with distinction, and was the recipient of the Brett Goldin Memorial Cup for Acting in her final year.

Writer Sophie Joans is an award-winning theatre-maker and comedian and is the founder and producer of company Spark in the Dark, which hosts a monthly showcase, Play Things, for theatre-makers to try new material in front of a live audience.

And designer Lize-Marie Wait is a freelance lighting designer, stage manager, performer and voice artist.

She has designed the lighting for various shows that include Wasem by Terence Makapan, productions by De Moyencourt School of Ballet and Pirates of Penzance and Othello by Waterfront Theatre School. She has recently completed the UNIMA puppet scriptwriting and puppet building workshops.

Show times on Friday and Saturday is 11am and at 3pm on Sunday. Tickets cost R100 and R80.

Book online with a credit card at www.thedramafactory.co.za or call 073 215 2290 for further enquiries.