Mantis and the Bee

Mantis and the Bee is based on a folktale of the San people.  It is a visual, musical and humorous exploration of /Xam mythology and the origin of life. Experience the haunting music, the real dance, the mysterious masks, and the Khoikhoi language. Join an action-adventure into a world before the earth was created. Discover the magic hidden inside the stories of the first people.

The show is 45 minutes in duration and an interactive workshop is also available.

The story was told at the African Folktales for Children event in March 2019 and the show made its debut during JTC’s June holiday program. Further performances & workshops took place at the end of July and during the September school holidays of 2019. An Afrikaans version of the show traveled to primary schools in the Plett and Knysna area in November 2019. Since then the show has been performed at the Masque Theatre, taken on tour to Citrusdal and the Wolfie Festival and it was taken to the Bibu Festival in Sweden in 2022.

“It was amazing to hear one of the first languages.”

Bookings are made on a first come first serve bases.

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directed by:

Joce Engelbrecht

currently starring:

Siya Badi, Zizipho Gcasamba, Noxolo Magadla and Gershan Lombard.

funded by:

  • National Lotteries Commission
  • L&S Chiappini Trust