Jungle Theatre Company March 2016 newsletter.
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Jungle will be performing the street theatre version of When Lion Had Wings at the Cape Town Fringe Festival on 8 October -  and the Muizenberg Festival on 15 October at 2pm on the Grassy Terraces, Muizenberg -  

Jungle has been developing two versions of this story i.e street theatre and storytelling. The visual street theatre piece uses daring stilt characterizations, animal masks, original music and Nama language to tell the traditional Khoikhoi folktale and has seven actors. The storytelling version
is told by three very different characters. One character links the story to historical facts; another plays the story’s characters and a third talks about how the story is relevant today.  By making use of masks and music the characters tell the story of a flying lion who is bullying all the animals and has made vultures his slaves. They portray hilarious frogs who lead the animals to discover their own talents and to stand up to the bully. The story reveals insights into the behaviour of humans and wild animals. The story tellers continuously link the story to the language, the culture and the history of the Khoikhoi. 
The artistic team has been learning Nama, a Khoikhoi language, to be used in the various renditions of the folktale. The same plot is being explored in multiple ways and will be performed by groups of children in drama clubs for their community and the Jungle artistic team at festivals, schools and a theatre.


Imagine Muizenberg - Past Present & Future

The Muizenberg Festival 2016 is just around the corner! Besides our When Lion Had Wings performance we will also be participating in the Carnival Parade taking place on Sunday 16 October starting at 12pm at Surfer's Corner.
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Jungle's drama club participants from Ikwezilisizwe Primary & Impendulo Primary in Khayelitsha and Montana Primary and Kalksteenfontein Primary in Kalksteenfontein will join the Carnival Parade with masks they made. The drama club participants have been focusing on characters from African mythology for carnival arts skills training culminating in a spring parade in their communities at the end of term 3. Participants also acquire skills such as music, dance & movement and costume-making. They will be ready to tell the folktale with characterizations to younger children at community centres by the end of the year.


In partnership with the Princess Vlei Forum we are facilitating storytelling / puppet workshops at Lotus High leading up to the Princess Vlei Parade on the 24 September. The programme aims to: raise awareness about environmental issues, and the importance of conserving and rehabilitating Princess Vlei; celebrate the natural systems and flora and fauna in our city, in particular the birds; create awareness about our KhoiKhoi and San heritage; enable children to express their appreciation of nature through creative projects. Please contact Bridget Pitt   for more information on the Parade.

Jungle performed How Stories Began on the Fringe at the National Arts Festival (NAF) in Grahamstown in the first week of July and were also commissioned by NAF to perform Butterfly Dreams on the Main. With both shows we formed part of the Assitej Family Fare hosting a portfolio of shows specifically for children and their families. Assitej supported us with marketing, evaluation and front of house during all performances. All performances were very well received. Audiences were mixed in terms of demographics with a total of 400 audience members attending the Butterfly Dreams performances and 204 attending the How Stories Began performances.


With NLC funds received JTC is the proud owner of a company vehicle during this quarter which has already been of tremendous benefit with regards to carrying out of the initial stages of this project specifically in terms of the semi-urban as well as festival performances. With only one actor currently in possession of a driver’s license JTC aims to support one other actor in obtaining his/her license in order to increase the sufficiency of the team.


Facilitator Bradley Van Sitters presented an interesting team build session on the building blocks of the Nama language. Feedback received from intern Asiphe Lili on the session as follows:
“Learning Nama was not as easy as we thought it would be. It isn’t just about putting a lot of clicks together and coming out with a beautiful attractive sound. Just like any language, Nama required meaning and focus so one can understand why one has to place what where. Following the rules made it easier. For Xhosa speakers the process was a bit easier as there was one step to skip namely the learning of the clicks. It was interesting to learn that about the isiXhosa and Afrikaans words that were “stolen” from the Nama language and that the pronunciation and meaning of these Nama words is sometimes not far from the isiXhosa and Afrikaans meaning. By the end of the session we were able to construct sentences; write our names, and have short conversations. In high spirits we hope that at our next session we will be able to write a paragraph in Nama.”

Jungle would like to thank the following funders (in no particular order) for their support during this quarter:


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