NCT welcomes young audiences to forge a special friendship this December holiday with the award-winning production, Balloonacy.

Recommended for audiences ages 2 years and older, Balloonacy is an amusing 45-minute mime show written by Barry Kornhauser, an award-winning playwright, director and educator, well recognized for his many contributions to the cultural enrichment of children. The old man is played by the supremely talented Craig Morris.

Balloonacy follows the story of a grumpy old man celebrating his birthday alone, when a magical balloon appears at his window. Set in his solitary ways, everything changes for him when he is forced to share his home with this zippy, lively balloon, which teases him out of his solitary funk.

Combining the imaginative power of play with elements of mime, clowning and more, Balloonacy is a no-dialogue, one-performer show that presents a series of comical and touching moments where the old man and the balloon explore the power of friendship and discover how, with a little imagination and acceptance, companionship is everywhere.

Packed with physical comedy that will charm and delight young audiences of all ages, this award-winning play shows how with a little imagination and acceptance, companionship can come from the most unlikely places. Children will enjoy interacting with the old man and the balloon and are in for a riotous laugh. They will walk out utterly charmed by the old man and the red balloon.

“Since there is no spoken dialogue, toddlers and young children will readily understand the story and be fascinated by the antics of the balloon. They will find the idea that a balloon can be your playmate is most appealing,” Moira Katz, NCT’s interim CEO said. “We’re creating a world where simple things spark imagination, and where joy and connection can be found in the magic world of theatre. This should appeal to all ages.”

When:                  06-22 December

Where:                 NCT’s outdoor Inspiration Theatre, Parktown, Johannesburg

Book Now:       Quicket – tickets are R120 for adults sitting on chairs and R100 for children on cushions

Info:            Contact Cindy/ Zanele for more information at: 011 484 1584 or or

National Children’s Theatre is the foremost children’s theatre in Gauteng, shining the bright light of educational, engaging and award winning theatre for children and youth throughout South African cities and rural areas. NCT’s unwavering purpose is to transform young lives and grow societies’ next generation of leaders through the kaleidoscope of vivid and engaging performance arts, original and instructive musicals, and immersive after-school programs. We present live theatre year-round at our renowned 4.5-acre campus in Johannesburg, which includes two indoor theatres, one outdoor theatre, a puppet theater, music room, and classrooms for the weekend workshop academy.

NCT: Enchanting. Inspiring. Empowering.

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