A theatre company is inspiring children to explore African arts and culture, but needs help to take its message further.The Jungle Theatre Company creates original theatre and has been facilitating the Muizenberg Performing Arts Club from the start of this year for children from diverse backgrounds and aged between nine and 13 years. This project is funded by the Rolf Stephan Nussbaum Foundation, a living charitable trust that supports arts and culture, sports, building projects and libraries.During the sessions, facilitated by Jungle’s artistic director Vincent Meyburgh and theatre maker Ntombifuthi Mkhasibe, the children explore all aspects of creating and performing the company’s style of theatre based on African folktales. In the first term the children were introduced to storytelling, culminating in a performance for younger children and parents. During the second term they explored mime and music and created a non-verbal performance which was attended by children from the Muizenberg Junior aftercare, including the parents of the participants. In this term the children are learning to use masks and dance in a performance which they will perform in the parade as part of the Muizenberg Festival on Sunday 15 October. The fourth term will see the children bringing it all together for a public performance at the Masque Theatre, Muizenberg on Wednesday 29 November. Jungle is also running a Thundafund campaign to raise funds for The magic shell. This show is interactive storytelling theatre for young children and their families. It illustrates the value of African culture and wildlife conservation, inspires reading and builds creative arts skills. By raising funds, Jungle will be able bring children to their performances at the Muizenberg Festival on Saturday 14 October and the Masque Theatre in December. V Visit www.thundafund.com/project/themagicshell.