Helping to save elephants

2016-12-07 06:02

THE final Grade 7 prize giving at St David's took on a new dimension this year. The theatrical piece was an adaptation of Alexandra McCall Smith's novel, Akimbo.

Akimbo is a game ranger's son who grows up in a game reserve. On one of his many adventures, he goes with his father and a ranger to try and track down poachers, who are trying to kill a bull elephant for his tusks.

The climax of the piece is when Akimbo stands between the bull elephant­ and the poachers, warning the elephant of the poachers' presence.

Too scared to shoot the boy, the poachers are found and arrested by the rangers.

The Grade 7 class did a wonderful job of taking on the different roles in the play. The elephants were designed and made out of cardboard boxes and grey blankets.

They slowly trudged across the stage, lifting up their trunks to sniff the air occasionally.

Akimbo, his father, the ranger, poachers and the policemen all designed their own costumes very effectively.

The stage props were minimalist - a rock, aloes, tree aloes and a magical fire made from fairy lights.

Pupils not only learnt about characterisation, movement, and voice during their weekly drama lessons, they also learnt about how the African elephant is endangered due to illegal ivory trade.

There are fewer than 400 000 African elephants left and one is lost every 15 minutes to ivory poaching.

Experts have indicated that this majestic animal will be extinct by 2030 if we don't do something about it. - Louise Yeadon.

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