Theatre for children & young people

ASSITEJ South Africa is a national network organisation of artists, educators, organisations and institutions from all provinces.

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ASSITEJ South Africa supports the global campaign to #Takeachildtothetheatre today, which was initiated in 2012 by the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People (ASSITEJ), under the leadership of South African President, Yvette Hardie. This campaign centres around the ASSITEJ World Day of Theatre for Children and Young People, celebrated globally on 20th March.

ASSITEJ SA has invited our South African members, partners and associates to support the campaign by providing free or partially sponsored arts experiences for children and young people in the period leading up to, on and after the day, as well as to draw attention to the campaign through social media. We encourage artists to provide free or sponsored shows, and theatre houses to provide subsidised or partly subsidised tickets and/or transport for performances as part of the campaign. Storytelling, creative workshops and related performance-oriented activities can also be linked to the campaign. Individuals are also encouraged to participate by bringing a child or small groups of children to the theatre.

Go here for highlights of the offerings for Take a Child to the Theatre Today 2019.

Go here for the ASSITEJ World Theatre Day tool-kit, the World Day Messages, Video and other information, and contact us on if you wish to be participate in the campaign, using “Take a Child to the Theatre Today” as your subject.

Together let’s join hands to “take a child to the theatre today.”

Finance & Ops Manager Position Available

ASSITEJ SA seeks to appoint a Finance & Operations Manager, based in Cape Town. This is a full-time position, on an initial 12 months contract, with the potential of renewal for a further one year, based on the availability of funding.

The national office of ASSITEJ SA is situated in the township of Vrygrond, Cape Town, with satellite offices in Johannesburg and Durban.

The Finance & Operations Manager will report to the Executive Director and the Treasurer of ASSITEJ South Africa, and will have overall responsibility for managing all financial aspects of the organisation, thereby enabling ASSITEJ SA to implement it’s mission.

For the full advert go here

To apply, submit a CV including three relevant and contactable references, a short motivational letter (maximum one page), and current contact details to by 18 March 2019.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for follow-up interviews. Candidates who have received no response within two weeks of the closing date should kindly assume that their application has not been successful.

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Galela at Soweto Theatre for World Theatre Day

Join Well Worn Theatre Company and the Soweto Theatre as we celebrate World Day of Theatre for Children and Young People with a FREE performance of ‘Galela’ at the Soweto Theatre. 

ASSITEJ World Day of Theatre for Children is a global campaign, promoted and celebrated through the message ‘Take a Child to the Theatre Today’. In honour of this day, The Soweto Theatre has teamed up with award-winning eco-theatre company, Well Worn Theatre to bring you a free performance of their hit show ‘Galela’.

Splash! Splutter! Then shhhhhhh… Would you dive in next? ‘Galela’ is the thirst-quenching story of a small community deeply affected by our country’s water issues. Three best friends bravely embark on a project to make their town’s drinking water safe again. They soon discover, however, that they have waded into hot water and that the problems affecting the town dam are deeper and murkier than at first glance. However, Thabang, Zalo and Biggie are not a trio easily scared-off by the corrupt mayor and they dive in to fix the mess, proving in spectacular fashion that children with the biggest imaginations will save the world. Directed by multi-award winning Thembela Madliki (‘Nyanga’ NAF 2016 and ‘Bayephi’ NAF 2017), ‘Galela’ features the energetic physical theatre talents of Lerato Sefoloshe, Mlindeli Emmanuel and Tebogo Machaba. The performance is geared for children aged 8 to 12, though parents, teachers and older siblings also enjoy this epic adventure play! ‘Galela’ is the second production in Well Worn’s touring eco-play programme generously supported by the National Lotteries Commission. 

See you there! All are welcome.


Find out more about Well Worn Theatre Company here
Launching Cradle of Creativity 2019

Due to the success of the original event, ASSITEJ SA has launched Cradle of Creativity as a new international TYA festival and conference to take place for the first time in August 2019 in Cape Town. Thereafter it will rotate every two years to a different part of South Africa.



To read the final report about Cradle of Creativity 2017, go here.

Official website

This programme creates a national framework for connecting children and young people with the theatre best suited to them. It comprises an online catalogue for finding the best work most suited to the children and young people of our country, as well as an ongoing programme to make these connections.

Through Theatre4Youth, we take children to the theatre and take theatre to children in creches, community halls, schools, theatres and other spaces.

There are three Theatre4Youth full-time coordinators, each based in a different province: Western Cape, Gauteng and KZN. We also have part-time representatives in other provinces.

This dynamic team ensures that ASSITEJ SA knows what is happening in all parts of the country and that we are able to strategize to connect artists with audiences and vice versa.

Go to the Theatre4youth catalogue here

Our Vision

South African children and young people will have access to quality, performing arts especially designed for them, contributing to a more empathic, engaged and creative society.

We build the sector of theatre for young audiences in South Africa through supporting and developing the artists, empowering education through the performing arts, creating strategies for access to the arts, and advocating for the role of the arts as an essential right of every child and young person.

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We are the official national centre of ASSITEJ (Association Internationale du Theatre de l’Enfance et la Jeunesse/International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People). (Link to ASSITEJ website: