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By Jungle Theatre Company

  • Duration : 45 minutes
  • Grade : 5 - 10
  • First language : English
  • Second language : Xhosa
  • Subject : Life Skills/Orientation, Creative Arts, Natural Sciences, Dramatic Arts
  • Theme : Environmental awareness, Life skills, Identity, Choices, Morality, Group dynamics (peer pressure), Survival, Change, Cultural diversity, Imagination, Creativity, Literacy, Heroes
An extraordinary story about two teenage baboons who rescue a human baby from a fire at Cape Point. The troop’s alpha male sends the baboons on a mission to find the baby’s parents. A mysterious old woman turns herself into a seagull and leads them on a hilarious comedy adventure all the way to Table Mountain.

Hoerikwaggo is a fun; interactive, educational play focusing on the importance of the Table Mountain range as an example of biodiversity. The play concentrates on the natural environment with particular focus on indigenous flora, the diversity of animal life and broaches: fire prevention; baboon management; protection of species; fynbos and biodiversity awareness; the importance of alien clearing and cultural heritage. Hoerikwaggo is a trilingual production that draws on local archetypes and characters and uses comedy; song; dance and audience interaction to provide engaging education.

Hoerikwaggo is 45 minutes in duration and is suitable for Grades 4-9. An accompanying drama skills workshop of 45 minutes is also available.

“This programme ‘brought the Park to us’ learners learn sounds & movements of animals.” Sentinel Primary School

Hoerikwaggo was created in 2005 in conjunction with Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) educators to develop a curriculum relevant show and workshop for the intermediate phase. The play has toured schools and the National Arts Festival and was incorporated into TMNP ‘Kids In Parks’ schools outreach programme in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010 as well as an independent tour in 2011. Hoerikwaggo was performed for Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden’s Biodiversity Expo in 2010 and 2011. During October 2015 Hoerikwaggo was performed at the Langa Civic Hall to a total of 950 learners.

Currently starring:
Joce Engelbrecht, Seiso Qhola and Ntombifuthi Mkhasibe


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