River Of Life

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.

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.

River Of Life is 40 minutes in duration and is best suited for Grades 4 – 7. An accompanying workshop is also available.

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

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. In 2019 the show was re-cast and to date it has been performed at the Masque Theatre, Drama Factory and many primary schools.

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directed by:

Mfundo Hashe

currently starring:

Siyawandisa Badi, Noxolo Magadla, Zizipho Gcasamba and Mario Matiya

funded by:

  • 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 Lotteries Commission
  • National Arts Council
  • L & S Chiappini Charitable Trust as administered by NedGroup Trust
  • Department of Sports, Arts & Culture
  • EJ Lombardi Trust