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