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A Dog’s Life

waitinginthewingsA story of a homeless dog and a lonely homeless boy highlights the lives pets in urban communities. Their struggle to survive in the city sees them tackle many obstacles and make important life choices. The story is told through the eyes of the dog Wafi, with innovative puppetry, beautiful singing and audience participation.

A Dog’s Life broaches the specific needs of domestic animals in terms of their day-to-day care through dance and tri-lingual song. The play delivers important messages about the practical aspects of animal welfare.

 

A Dog’s Life is 45 minutes long and suitable for Grades 1-3. An accompanying drama skills workshop is also available.

“This is the one of best shows I have seen! It was informative, creative and entertaining, a wonderful way of getting the children aware of all the abandoned or cruelly treated pets out there that need our help.” Fish Hoek Primary School

As a response to increasing concerns about the plight of urban domestic animals, Jungle Theatre Company developed A Dog’s Life, which was adopted by International Fund for Animal Welfare as part of their Companion Animal Programme. It was rolled out through twinning programme at the Baxter Theatre in 2006 – 2008 and toured communities in Soweto in 2007 and 2008. Recast in 2010 with 6 Laduma Jungle trainees A Dog’s Life was performed in 2010 Mdzananda Animal Clinic, Camp Footprints and other community events. In 2012 and 2013 the show went out on the road to schools and communities, including Paternoster, with IFAW and to Stellenbosch with Department of Agriculture. In 2014 it was rolled out as a twinning programme at the Baxter.

currently starring:

Siyawandisa Badi, Cebisa Fubesi, Seiso Qhola and Joce Engelbrecht.

funders:

  • City of Cape Town Environmental Resource Management Department (YES)
  • Constantia Rotary
  • Department of Agriculture
  • HCI Foundation
  • International Fund for Animal Welfare
  • Seardel Investment Corporation Ltd
  • Pierhead Rotary
  • Western Cape Cultural Commission

Moya The Air We Breathe

Strange-dreams-300x225waitinginthewingsMoya is a young rising soccer star, his goal scoring record has made him a hero in his township. One day, he has an asthma attack during training and ends up in hospital, where he has a nightmare about a Death Monster who feeds on smoke and pollution. Unable to play soccer, Moya is dropped from his team and loses the affections of his bling-bling girlfriend. Determined to find out the causes of his misfortune, Moya embarks on a journey of discovery into the causes of air pollution and the threat of climate change. Armed with knowledge he finds ways to heal himself and his environment and destroy the Death Monster.

 

Moya meets different characters that give him advice and information. He confronts industrial giants and meets the municipal air quality management team and finds out about local by-laws. With a new outlook on life he finds a new sustainable lifestyle.

Moya – The Air We Breathe is 45 minutes in duration and is suitable for Grades 8-12. An accompanying drama skills workshop of 45 minutes is also available.

“Learners often take in a lot more information when material is presented dramatically and/or is multisensory. Use of drama in education is an excellent way to make important points, especially about social and environmental issues. We need more of this sort of input in schools.” Muizenberg High

Moya – The Air We Breathe was developed for a high school audience for the City of Cape Town’s Environmental Resource Management Department and was performed at 10 high schools for Air Quality Week in February 2008. Provincial Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning commissioned a reduced version for their 2 Precious 2 Pollute Campaign in 2010.

funders:

  • City of Cape Town Environmental Resource Management Department (YES)
  • Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning.

Rubbish Wrap

DSC02258-300x225waitinginthewingsRubbish Wrap uses waste as a resource to free the imagination: a talking tree’s leaves make homes for worms; a bottle top shark sings “Free the Sea!!” and magical musical recycling machine has some surprises in store.

Rubbish Wrap is a play about the cycle of waste and the transfer of energy in nature’s own recycling system from one organism to another through the food chain. It contrasts the linear chain of consumption from raw materials to the dumpsites of the industrialised world. Through game show participation, Rubbish Wrap creates an opportunity for the audience to find alternatives to being wasteful and encourages them to reduce, reuse and recycle at home.

 

Rubbish Wrap is 45 minutes in duration and is suitable for Grades 4-9.

“The show was very educational and what they [learners] learnt today they will be able to use at school and at home.” St. Louis Primary School

Jungle Theatre Company was commissioned by City of Cape Town Environmental Resource Management Department to create a short 20 min play to complement the waste chapter in The Smart Living Handbook in 2008. Rubbish Wrap was toured to schools as part of the Youth Environmental Schools’ (YES) Waste Wise Week in 2008 and 2009 and was accompanied by a 45 minute workshop. For the YES Blue Flag beach programme in March 2009, which focussed on marine and coastal pollution, the play and workshop were combined in a 45 minute interactive play and returned to the Blue Flag campaign in 2011.

funders:

  • City of Cape Town Environmental Resource Management Department (YES)
  • NOW Project

Top Dog

waitinginthewingsAdapted from A Dog’s Life to cover aspects of dog fighting, a new dog Champion takes over Wafi’s tale of life on the street, and finds out what alternatives exist for a pit bull terrier who is down on her luck, besides the stereotype of gangs and fighting.

Champion and the homeless boy John, find a new way to discover their own power and become entrepreneurs, helping to improve the quality of life for dogs in their community.

 

Top Dog is 45 minutes in duration and is suitable for Grades 4-7. An accompanying drama skills workshop is also available.

“The show was good as it is educational and curriculum driven and learners enjoyed.”  Braam Fischer Primary School

Top Dog, directed by Vincent Meyburgh was commissioned by IFAW in 2013, in light of escalating incidents of dog fighting across the country and the lack of understanding of the severity of the situation by not only the public, but law enforcement agencies too. Jessica Mias-Jones and Andy Jones of Shrinkray and formerly Handspring Puppet Company designed and built the Champion puppet. The first tour took the cast to Soweto with CLAW (Community Led Animal Welfare).

currently starring:

Siyawandisa Badi, Cebisa Fubesi, Seiso Qhola and Joce Engelbrecht.

funders:

  • International Fund for Animal Welfare
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