Kids hear, sing and feel home stories

2015-06-23 06:00
Vincent Meyburgh and Ntombifuthi Mkhasibe in How stories began.

Maryatta Wegerif

Vincent Meyburgh and Ntombifuthi Mkhasibe in How stories began. PHOTO: Maryatta Wegerif

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The Jungle Theatre Company’s How stories began will premiere at The Masque Theatre in Muizenberg at the end of the month.

Created in partnership with the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign, the production is based on the retelling of this traditional Zulu folktale by local author Wendy Hartmann.

How stories began is set in ancient times on the Wild Coast, before people knew how to tell stories. Manzandaba and Zenzele, a married couple, are two of the first people. They go on an adventure in search of stories that lead to magical creatures under the ocean.

Ntombifuthi Mkhasibe and Vincent Meyburgh bring the story to life in English and isiXhosa with African music, comical characters and masks designed by artist Niel Jonker.

Each performance will be followed by a workshop to give children the opportunity to express the emotions they felt during the show. They will be invited onto the stage to move into the environment of the story, where they can become the characters in the story, sing the songs and dance.

After the workshop, the children will be given an illustrated and printed version of How stories began to take home with them so they can continue to share the magic of the story with their families.

The show will run at the Masque Theatre from Monday to Friday 3 July from 10:00 to noon and is best suited for children four years and older.

Tickets are R70 for the show and the subsequent workshop is free of charge. Funds raised through ticket sales will go towards taking this production on tour to Nal’ibali reading clubs around the Western Cape, inspiring children to read African stories in their mother tongue. V

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Two readers can each win double tickets to the show. SMS the word “Masque” to 45527 before noon on Friday to enter. SMSes cost R1.50


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