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When Lion Had Wings

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When Lion Had Wings is based on a traditional Khoikhoi folktale. 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 balance of nature needs to be restored. It’s about overcoming fear, challenging greed and discovering our talents. 

JTC has created two versions of this production i.e storytelling and street theatre. With a cast of 7 the latter version is a visual street theatre piece and uses daring stilt characterizations, animal masks, original music and Nama language. The storytelling version has 3 characters who portray hilarious frogs who lead the animals to discover their own talents and to stand up to the bully. The story tellers continuously link the folktale to the language, the culture and the history of the Khoikhoi as well as to their personal experiences. Insights into the behaviour of humans and wild animals are revealed. Both versions make use of English, Afrikaans and Nama (Khoikhoi language).

When Lion Had Wings is 40 minutes in duration with the storytelling version most suitable for Grades 4-7 whereas the street theatre version is fun for the whole family.

“Great performance. The learners were entertained throughout” Sid G. Rule Primary 2016

When Lion Had Wings, was developed during the course of 2016 and made its debut at the Cape Town Fringe Festival and was subsequently performed at the Muizenberg Festival as part of Project Ripple; the Cape Town Embrace event in celebration of Universal Children’s Day; at Streetopia and at the Vrygrond Festival.  The storytelling version has been touring to local primary schools this November and will be performed at the Masque Theatre early December.

currently starring:

Vincent Meyburgh, Ntombifuthi Mhkasibe, Seiso Qhola, Joce Engelbrecht, George Smith, Siyawandisa Badi and Athenkosi Dyantyi.

funders:

  • National Lotteries Commission (NLC)

!Kai – A Little Death

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!Kai – A Little Death is a non-linear story set in the real and dream landscape of the desert and the dying mind. Using the interplay of a live actor with shadow puppetry, projections and masks, the play creates dynamic juxtapositions between the powerful depiction of trance dance, Khoisan mythology and the surreal weightlessness of the unconcious dream; and contrasting, recurring soundscapes of the crash and the crickets of the desert.

 

Dale Palmer’s in bad shape. Lying, dying in his crashed and burned microlight, somewhere in the Karoo. Nevermind that he absconded, following the news of his girlfriend’s pregnancy. How could he cope with the responsibility? Could anyone find him now, anyway?

As time ticks on, and death draws ever nearer, Dale is hallucinating. He finds himself dealing with his distant and recent past whilst scenes of desperation, symbols from Khoisan mythology and visions of nature haunt him. There is a remedy for everything except death, but can Dale find the will to fight for life?

Set in the real and dream landscape of the desert and the dying mind, !Kai – A Little Death uses the interplay of live acting, shadow puppetry, projections and masks.

!Kai – A Little Death is 45 minutes in duration and best suited to teenagers and young adults. The production made its debut at the Cape Town Fringe Festival in October 2014.

currently starring:

Vincent Meyburgh with puppetry by SHRiNKray Puppets and music by Jannous Aukema performed with Seiso Qhola. Directed by Chris Bergmann & Jessica Mias-Jones

Falling Moon/ Vallende Maan

Kids-and-puppets-small-for-webwaitinginthewingsFalling Moon/Vallende Maan is a compelling, adventurous romp through the Karoo with a delightful team of three misfits, trying to find their way in the world. They face one tremendous and seemingly insurmountable problem: the moon has fallen out of the sky. What is to be done about it? Who will decide the moon’s fate? Whose opinion matters more in making important decisions – the voice of science and reason or the voice of business and economics? And what of imagination and creativity? Is any one person’s perspective more important than another’s? The three characters set off on a quest to solve this problem.

A play about the strength of diversity, Falling Moon/Vallende Maan is an interactive play that involves the audience from the outset and requires the audience to facilitate the storytelling. Themes of intercultural communication and environmental awareness are explored on this symbolic journey of three characters, which are very different in many ways. A cast of 4 actors, from culturally diverse communities, uses visual theatre, puppetry; movement; mime; music; clowning and a mixture of languages.

Falling Moon/Vallende Maan is 1 hour in duration and is suitable for Grades 2-7

“The children thoroughly enjoyed this interactive, musical show. Well worth it. One child said it was the best show they had seen.” Bay Primary School

Falling Moon/Vallende Maan was workshopped by Jungle Theatre Company under the direction of Jaqueline Dommisse in 2007 with two then trainees Unathi Speelman and Marika Williams. It premiered at Out The Box festival under its working title One the same year and returned as Moon In The Sky in 2008. The play was also rolled out as a twinnings intervention for schools in the south peninsula and Cape Flats at the Masque Theatre Muizenberg, as well as community performances in the local informal settlement Vrygrond at the newly built Capricorn Primary School. In 2012, it was translated to be a predominately Afrikaans script and recast for the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees as Vallende Maan. The play continued to the Nieu Bethesda festival and a primary school twinning programme at the Milnerton Playhouse. In 2013 Vallende Maan was performed at Artscape Arena and Falling Moon was part of the ASSITEJ Family Venue at the National Arts Festival.

funders:

  • Cape Tercentenary Foundation
  • Consulate General Netherlands
  • Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport
  • L and S Chiappini Charitable Trust
  • National Arts Council
  • National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund

Hoerikwaggo

2015 ©maryatta wegerif // www.maryattawegerif.comgoodtogoHoerikwaggo tells the story of Knuckles and Smiley, two young baboons who are sent on an adventure from their home in Cape Point all the way to Table Mountain, on a quest to return a human baby to its family. Leaving the safety of their range, the trailblazing baboons embark on a hilarious journey, encountering other creatures, unique plants and heritage sites. They discover the beauty and history of the peninsula with the help of a seagull guide.

Hoerikwaggo is a fun; interactive, educational play focusing on the importance of the Table Mountain range as an example of biodiversity. The play concentrates on the natural environment with particular focus on indigenous flora, the diversity of animal life and broaches: fire prevention; baboon management; protection of species; fynbos and biodiversity awareness; the importance of alien clearing and cultural heritage. Hoerikwaggo is a trilingual production that draws on local archetypes and characters and uses comedy; song; dance and audience interaction to provide engaging education.

Hoerikwaggo is 55 minutes in duration and is suitable for Grades 4-9. An accompanying drama skills workshop of 45 minutes is also available.

“Very entertaining, informative and educational stretching over various learning areas.” Bokmakierie Primary School

Hoerikwaggo was created in 2005 in conjunction with Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) educators to develop a curriculum relevant show and workshop for the intermediate phase. The play has toured schools and the National Arts Festival and was incorporated into TMNP ‘Kids In Parks’ schools outreach programme in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010. Hoerikwaggo was performed for Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden’s Biodiversity Expo in 2010 and 2011. Hoerikwaggo returned to the stage in 2013 with a school tour and public run at Kalk Bay Theatre followed by a school tour and public run at the Masque Theatre in 2014. Hoerikwaggo was re-cast and performed at the Langa Civic Hall for learners from Langa and Kalksteenfontein primary schools in October 2015.

currently starring:

Seiso Qhola, Cebisa Fubesi and Joce Engelbrecht

funders:

  • City of Cape Town Environmental Resource Management Department
  • The DG Murray Trust
  • Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport
  • Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning
  • GrandWest Cape Culture and Heritage Foundation
  • Joan Leger Lindbergh Charitable Trust
  • KPMG
  • L and S Chiappini Charitable Trust
  • National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund
  • Table Mountain National Park
  • Tallberg Foundation
  • Department of Arts & Culture

How Stories Began

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Jungle Theatre Company in partnership with the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign has developed a new production called How Stories Began based on the retelling of this traditional Zulu folktale by local author Wendy Hartmann.

How Stories Began is set in ancient times on the Wild Coast, before people knew how to tell stories. Manzandaba and Zenzele, a married couple, are two of the first people. They go on an adventure in search of stories that lead to magical creatures under the ocean……. Ntombifuthi Mkhasibe and Vincent Meyburgh bring the story to life in English and isiXhosa with African music, comical characters and masks designed by artist Niel Jonker.

How Stories Began is 45 minutes in duration and suitable for children aged 4 and up.

So many roles and only two actors.” Finn – Constantia Waldorf

currently starring:

Vincent Meyburgh & Ntombifuthi Mkhasibe

funders:

  • Arts & Culture Trust (ACT)
  • National Lotteries Commission (NLC)

Indlovu People

Milnerton Playhouse 2013 Indlovu Trevor Jan sleepswaitinginthewingsKama Indlovu holds the key to the elephant world. He discovers three very different children fighting about elephants. !Kama takes them on a journey into the mysterious origins of Indlovu People. Through magical puppetry, catchy music and comedy, the children’s relationship with these majestic creatures is changed forever.

Indlovu People reflects upon the history of conflict between humans and wild animals in man’s quest to dominate the earth. It reveals a violent history with the rise of the poaching trade and impact of fencing in animals that know no borders. It offers practical ways for everyday people to uphold the ban on the ivory trade.

Indlovu People is 45 minutes in duration and is suitable for Grades 4-9. An accompanying drama skills workshop is also available.

“This show shows the importance of understanding what is important to other people, their needs & wants. Any effort made to change this is extremely laudable.” Parkvale Primary School

Indlovu People was commissioned by International Fund for Animal Welfare in 2008 as part of their Elephants Secure Habitats programme to raise awareness about issues surrounding elephant management in Southern Africa. The play was created under the direction of Stuart Palmer for schools’ twinnings run at the Baxter Theatre in May 2009. Heather Mac joined the team as guest director and adapted the play which then ran at Out The Box festival and National Arts Festival in 2010 where it was part of the Cape Town Edge programme. A reduced play was performed at Voorkamerfest the same year. The play was resurrected with a focus on poaching and the illegal ivory trade, for a schools twinning programme run at the Milnerton Playhouse in April 2013.

funders:

  • Cape Tercentenary Foundation
  • Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport
  • International Fund for Animal Welfare
  • National Arts Council
  • Voorkamerfest

Jungle Jive

On-stage-1-CropwaitinginthewingsSometime in the future the earth is one mega city ruled by Robot. A tree is captured by Robot’s slaves and locked in a tower. The Jungle Spirit is dying and her last hope is to appear in the dreams of ordinary people.

A storyteller uses traditional Xhosa intsomi technique to convey a tale about the importance of trees and urban greening for the well being of all. With nature as a source of inspiration for art and music, different cultural styles are made accessible through the disciplines of music; mime; puppetry and storytelling evoking the feeling of freedom and developing the imagination.

The audience takes part in creating the event as well as being directly involved in the action of planting a tree – a living memory of the event and the responsibility of its survival handed to the community.

Jungle Jive is 45 minutes in duration and is suitable for Grades 4-9. It is accompanied by a tree planting and a drama workshop is also available.

“Dynamic show with professional performers, learners were given an exposure to the theatre etiquette.” Zonnebloem Boy’s School

Jungle Jive was created in 2001 and rolled as a sub-autonomous project with Abalimi Bezekhaya between 2002 and 2003 to over 40 schools and communities. Jungle Jive continued to tour schools in 2005 with continuation funding. The play was revived by the 2007 trainee team and was performed for the Youth Environmental Schools’ Arbor Weeks in 2007 and 2008 and toured extensively in the presidential poverty nodes of Khayelitsha and Mitchell’s Plain in 2008. In 2012 it enjoyed a tour in Overstrand hosted by Whale Coast Conservation and was performed in Stellenbosch for National Arbor Day.

funders:

  • Abalimi Bezekhaya (The Green Trust and WWF)
  • Cape Tercentenary Foundation
  • City of Cape Town Environmental Resource Management Department
  • Golden Arrow Foundation
  • JDI Group
  • Joan St Leger Lindbergh Charitable Trust
  • National Arts Council
  • Spilhaus
  • Stellenbosch Municipality
  • TFG Corporate Social Investment

Butterfly Dreams

2015©maryatta wegerif //www.maryattawegerif.comgoodtogoA surreal and larger than life outdoor performance tells the story of a girl through movement and dance. Hiding in a tree house, she cries herself to sleep and dreams the sounds of her garden, which turn into music. She dreams of two old giant butterflies dancing a dance of love. The male catches the pregnant female’s eggs and hangs them on a leaf where they hatch and grow into giant caterpillars. A hungry black crow is hunting and the haunted girl wakes up inside her dream to challenge the predator and protect the miracle of life.

Butterfly Dreams aka Metamorphosis brings together elements of street theatre including stilt walking, dance, music and audience participation. The story follows the journey a butterfly from egg, through larva and pupa to caterpillar and broaches big transformation in our own lives.

Butterfly Dreams is 45 minutes in duration and is fun for the whole family.

“I just loved the metaphor, and saw many layers to it as the play unfolded. We could all do with a lot more change in our lives.”
R McLeod

Butterfly Dreams is the creation of Jungle Theatre Company’s Laduma Jungle team and was developed as the final part of a National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund funded trained programme. It was directed by Vincent Meyburgh with set and costume design by Monique Fagan of Junkanew. Through the actors’ involvement in choreography, writing, composing, designing and making, Butterfly Dreams fosters a closer link between the actors’ experience, characters’ stories, the music and creation of images. The production was performed as community event at the start of the school holidays in December 2011. It was partly commissioned for the KKNK in 2012 and was staged at a number of festivals during 2012 i.e. Khayelitsha Cocktale Festival, International Kite Festival, Harfield Village Carnival and Hout Bay Green Faire. With funding received from the National Arts Council and Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport the show was recently re-developed during 2015 and performed in Muizenberg early December 2015 and the Company Gardens in March 2016.

currently starring:

Cebisa Fubesi; Siyawandisa Badi; Joce Engelbrecht; Athenkosi Dyantyi; Ntombifuthi Mkhasibe; Vincent Meyburgh and Seiso Qhola.

funders:

  • ABSA KKNK
  • National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund
  • National Arts Council
  • Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport

Sister Earth

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The directorial debut of Ntombifuthi Mkhasibe for Jungle Theatre Company, Sister Earth is a coming of age story of a rural teenager who moves to a city to start anew. Filled with morals, values, dignity, pride and the law of nature, she holds the key that unlocks her ancestors’ guidelines for life. Subjected to peer pressure and materialism, she loses herself in the city and loses her connection to the earth. Struggling with her journey, she seeks to rediscover natural beauty and acceptance of being oneself.

“There is a lot awareness of how do you respect yourself as girl and that is needed by our communities big time …the nation needs those stories. I would love to see it being played at Ukhanyo [Primary] and Masi[phumelele] High.”  Yandiswa Mazwana eMzantsi carnival and community building project.

Created by an all female team including designer Monique Fagan, Sister Earth explores the challenges and consequences teenage girls face growing up with social pressures; cultural imperialism and the desire to be popular. The production debuted at the Zabalaza Festival, Baxter Theatre in 2013 and was performed in Vrygrond for ASSITEJ SA on Human Rights Day.

funders:

  • National Arts Council

Umlambo Wobomi /River Of Life

DSC_0676goodtogoUmlambo Wobomi /River Of Life is an African fairy tale about a rural tribe and their special princess Mamlambo, who all live by a beautiful river full of magical creatures. Set in an idyllic rural village where people live and work with nature and whose local river provides for their every need, River Of Life is a story of disconnection in a changing world. With her community in crisis, Mamlambo finds the courage to travel a path alone. She faces a hot dry desert, a teaming jungle and climbs the tallest mountain, all to find the Sangoma, save the river and her village.

Umlambo Wobomi /River Of Life is a musical, physical, interactive production that takes learners on a journey of discovery beginning with water cycle and teaching about key issues such as water quality and pollution, water security and the important role that communities play in protecting this precious resource.

Umlambo Wobomi /River Of Life is 40 minutes in duration and is best suited for Grades 4 – 6.

“It had an excellent message, preservation and conservation of water is very important, thank you for a fantastic presentation and message.” Kleinberg Primary

Umlambo Wobomi /River Of Life was the first production workshopped by the Laduma Jungle trainee team from Ocean View, Langa and Khayelitsha. Vincent Meyburgh directed the play with assistance from Nimray Kruger and Mfundo Hashe. It was first performed for the City of Cape Town’s National Water Week programme at Ratanga Junction in March 2011 and went onto two public run at the Masque Theatre in 2011 and 2012. It was part of the ASSITEJ SA Family Venue at the National Arts Festival in 2013, toured the West Coast Community at the start of March 2016 and was performed at the Masque Theatre during Water Week 2016.

currently starring:

Athenkosi Dyantyi, Siyawandisa Badi, Joce Engelbrecht and Ntombifuthi Mkhasibe

funders:

  • City of Cape Town Arts and Culture Unit
  • City of Cape Town Water and Sanitation Department
  • Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning
  • Harlequin Foundation
  • National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund
  • National Arts Council
  • L & S Chiappini Charitable Trust as administered by NedGroup Trust
  • Department of Arts & Culture
  • EJ Lombardi Trust

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