Our mission is to create African original children’s theatre inspiring, empowering and connecting young people’s hearts to care for nature, community and culture. We are an established NPO with more than 20 years’ experience. Our artistic team is skilled in creating, performing and facilitating theatre for children and families. Drawing on our diverse cultural heritage we find connections to our environment and human nature making theatre that brings together music, dance, masks, puppets, clowning and multi lingual storytelling. We make proudly South African theatre that speaks to our present experience; can powerfully inhabit non theatre spaces; is accessible to a broad audience and generates exciting future possibilities. Our management team supports the organisation in terms of compliance; project management; marketing; impact assessment; finances & fundraising. We are based in Muizenberg, Cape Town and tour to all over South Africa and beyond.
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news in brief
When Lion Had Wings is an ancient Khoi Khoi myth about over coming fear to take back personal power and discover our talents. It uses daring stilt characterizations, animal masks, original music and Nama language to tell this traditional folktale. The characters are archetypal and story is universal. The story starts in ancient times when all the animals lived in fear of Lion who could fly. However some tricky Frogs reveal that Lion’s magic is hidden beneath a pile of bones. The Frogs challenges Lion’s greed and lead the animals to discover their talents and restore the balance of nature. This cultural story of the Khoi Khoi is made accessible cultivating a sense of common heritage and social cohesion.
The production is designed with stilt costumes and half masks that speak to the combined animal and human characters from Khoisan mythology. Live music composed for drums and voices reflects a modern African interpretation of Khoisan music. This live unplugged soundscape builds mood and atmosphere and provides opportunities for musicians to guide the piece spontaneously during performance.
The performers use a combination of English, Afrikaans, isiXhosa and Nama, a Khoi Khoi language.
“The humour, honesty and talent that made ‘Butterfly Dreams’ makes me excited to see what Jungle will cook up next for lucky South African audiences.’ Kyla Davis, National Arts Festival 2016
Performances at NAF will take place as follows:
- Fri 7 July –at the National English Literacy Monument at 2pm;
- Sat 8 July – at the National English Literacy Monument at 11am & at Nombulelo Primary at 2pm;
- Sun 9 Jul – at the Drostdy Lawns at 2pm.
Jungle is also participating in the Festival Parade on Sunday 9 July starting at 12pm.
Please visit https://www.nationalartsfestival.co.za/2017-festival/programme-2017/ for the full programme.
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Jungle Theatre Company
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