Charlotte’s Web at the NCT


Robyn Sassen

A freelance arts writer since 1998, I fell in love with the theatre as a toddler, proved rubbish as a ballerina: my starring role was as Mrs Pussy in Noddy as a seven-year-old, and earned my stripes as an academic in Fine Arts and Art History, in subsequent years. I write for a range of online and print publications, including the Sunday Times, the Mail & Guardian and and was formerly the arts editor of the SA Jewish Report, a weekly newspaper with which I was associated for 16 years.
Robyn Sassen


BECAUSE one man’s trash can be a pig’s life line. Charlotte the spider (Lara Kleynhans) with Templeton the Rat (Ronatan Botha) and Wilbur the pig (Gamelihle Bovana), examine a discarded soap powder box, for its lexical values. Photograph courtesy National Children’s Theatre.

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IT TAKES A special blend of creative fierceness, respect for the original and gentleness toward traditions established by a theatre over many years, to reinvent a great old chestnut with enormous success. The creative team behind this year’s iteration of Charlotte’s Web are not names previously associated with the National Children’s Theatre, but they’ve blown new wind into this delightful classic, in a way that will transfix your children and make you shed real tears over the deep values embedded in this work, which is about life and death, kindness to others and self-care in the off-the-wall association between a pig and a spider.

Some years ago, this theatre’s stage was set alight by a very…

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