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To be seen at the Baxter Theatre during the Assitej World Festival and Congress 2017 The Cradle of Creativity

A migratory stork is one of the narrators in this vibrant revisiting of the story to determine if she really was the cause of the disaster that ensued. Audiences will be fascinated to discover if a bird with homes in both hemispheres is able to offer insight.

The production features powerful performances from highly experienced and skilled performers and puppeteers: Macebo Mavuso, Anele Matoti (in SA Thami Mbongo) and Roshina Ratnam. They are supported by an exciting ensemble of young and talented performers, including Sisipho Mbopa, Sabelo Khosa, Xolela Tsili and Asanda Rilityana.

Macebo Mavuso

Macebo Mavuso is a theatre, film and television actor, puppeteer, voiceover artist and director from South Africa. In 2006 the famous Dutch puppet theatre company, Speeltheater Holland Studio, led by the husband and wife team, Onny Huisink and Saskia Janse, met Macebo Mavuso in the Netherlands.
This resulted in their first collaboration ‘Red Earth’, a small production with two actors. At that time Mavuso came up with the idea to tell the true story of Nongqawuse and the Great Cattle Killing, because his goal is to find exciting ways to tell people in South Africa their own stories.

History of the play after 2006:

In 2011 they all met Yvette Hardie and so the collaboration started with Assitej South Africa to create a more ambitious production with Mavuso called ‘Red Earth Revisited’.
Drawing on actors from South Africa and the Netherlands, ‘Red Earth Revisited’ is a lively and engaging piece of visual storytelling featuring magical puppetry and song.

The innovative sets and puppets have been devised for the production by Onny Huisink in collaboration with the renowned Keiskamma Art Project from Hamburg, Eastern Cape.

The show had a month long run in the Eastern Cape and after that in the Netherlands (2015).
It was also invited on the UNIMA World Festival and Congress 2016. After that the sert and puppets were given to Asstitej SA to be able to go on with the play. 



in the Baxter Theatre, Cape Town:  18 and 19th of May 2017

Director/designer: Onny Huisink
Script: Saskia Janse
Actors/puppeteers: Macebo Mavuso, Anele Matoti, Roshina Ratnam, Sisipho Mbopa, Sabelo Khosa, Xolela Tsili and Asanda Rilityana.

Photography: Carla Kogelman
Education and publicity material: Saskia Janse, Yvette Hardie, Jolanda Stellingwerff, Yusrah Bardien
Costumes: Hiltje Huisink
Production South Africa: Yvette Hardie, Assitej SA
Production Netherlands: Saskia Janse, Speeltheater Holland Studio
Film and trailer: Erik van ’t Wout
With thanks to Cebo Mvubu, Eddy Jange, Veronica Betani Florence Danais Gault



performing in the Seattle Childrens Theatre till Jan 15, 2017 Read reviews here

Molly Stellaluna


Adapted by Saskia Janse
Based on the book by Janell Cannon
Music by Guus Ponsioen
Directed by Onny Huisink
Copyright © 1993 by Janell Cannon from the book Stellaluna. Reproduced with permission of the author and the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.

December 1, 2016–January 15, 2017


Nocturnal adventure awaits in Stellaluna, a luminous adaptation from the internationally-renowned artists at Speeltheater Holland, of the beautiful picture-book classic about a baby fruit bat. When Stellaluna is separated from Mother Bat in the forest, she is adopted by a family of birds who teach her their boisterous, baby bird ways. Young audiences will delight in the music, artistic puppetry, and dance, empathizing with Stellaluna as she swoops and crashes through the forest trying to be just like her feathered friends.

Themes of friendship, self-discovery, celebrating differences, and trying new things will entertain all ages, and flip your world upside-down.