The Puppet Planet program was born in 2020. Dr Wendy Taylor, a palaeontologist and educator at UCT and avid puppet theatre enthusiast, was inspired by the idea of creating a puppet program about all the wealth of natural and cultural heritage we have in South Africa. Together with Dr Thalassa Matthews and puppet designers Sean and Angela MacPherson, JTC developed the concept and funding proposal which was soon accepted and funded by DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences at University of the Witwatersrand.
Due to the many restrictions on theatre in 2020 JTC decided to create a theatre show for TV that appeals to children of all ages. Thandi Finds A Fossil is the 1st episode in the Puppet Planet series. The story is about a 9-year-old girl named Thandi and her magical dog, Oogies, who have a very special relationship – they can travel back in time! On their fantastic adventures they meet animals from the past and learn how South Africa has changed through time. These exciting adventures explore South African palaeontology and archaeology, as well as other natural and social science topics, incorporating issues such as climate change, sustainability, and conservation.
Please find the link to the teaser click here.
The full show will be broadcast on CTV as follows: Friday October 1 at 15h00; Saturday October 16 at 15h00 and Wednesday October 27 at 15h30.
Thandi Finds A Fossil is also available as a live show. Please email us if you would like make a booking.
If you’d like to support the Puppet Planet series; please click here.
Joce Engelbrecht, Naledi Tlailane, Siaywandisa Badi and Zizipho Gcasamba
- DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences at University of the Witwatersrand.