Madiba Magic

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Madiba Magic is a 2003 play by Janice Honeyman based on the book of the same name.

The original text

Madiba Magic is a collection of Nelson Mandela's favourite African children's stories, selected personally by Mandela and published in an illustrated book by Tafelberg Publishers (SA) in 2002. It contains 32 children's stories from South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Zambia, Tanzania, Malawi, Kenya, Nigeria and Morocco, as well as Malay/Indian stories brought to the Cape of Good Hope centuries ago by artisans and political exiles from the East.

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Performance history in South Africa

2003: It was first staged at the Grahamstown Festival 2003 and in July 2003 at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town, directed by Janice Honeyman, with Sonia Esgueira, Elton Landrew, Dumisani-Sizwe Mbebe, Bruce J. Little, Sizwe Msutu, Thando Mthi, Irvine van der Merwe, Zandile Msutwana, Faniswa Yisa and Marco van der Merwe. Musical direction was by Camillo Lombard, design by Sarah Roberts and lighting by Mannie Manim,


Die Burger, 5 & 12 July 2003.

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