Thanks to funding from the National Lotteries Commission, the Jungle Theatre Company will be performing Mantis and the Bee during the September school holidays.
Mantis and the Bee, is based on a story of the first people to live. It is a visual, musical and humorous exploration of /Xam mythology and the origin of life. The performance uses dance, masks, puppetry, Khoikhoi and English languages to convey the historical story. Mantis and the Bee were created by the rain and the flame to go on an epic journey in search of life. They get involved in an action comedy adventure in a world before the earth was created.
Discover the magic hidden inside the stories of the first people, called /Xam.
It is a production created collaboratively by Jungle Theatre Company at the start of this year. The play is written and directed by Joce Engelbrecht; masks and puppets were designed by Kai Goertz; music composed by Gershan Lombard and it is performed by Zizipho Gcasamba, Monray Davids and Siya Badi.
“It was amazing to hear one of the first languages,” says Miranda Tait, manager at the theatre company.
“The children loved the show. It was entertaining and provided them with an alternative view of how the earth was created.”
The September holiday programme will take place from 14:00 to 16:00 each day at the Jungle Theatre Company in Muizenberg.
The performance, which is 45 minutes in duration, will be followed by a 45-minute interactive workshop.
During the workshop those who have seen the show will be given the opportunity to share their interpretation of the characters and the story.
The event is suitable for people aged eight and up. Tickets cost R60 for the performance and R100 for both the performance and workshop. Money raised from ticket sales will be used to bring 60 children per day from the theatre company’s partner organisations to participate in the programme.
Refreshments will be on sale.