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How Stories Began

By Jungle Theatre Company

  • Duration : 45 minutes
  • Grade : 1 - 5
  • First language : English
  • Second language : Xhosa
  • Subject : Home/Additional Language, Life Skills/Orientation, Creative Arts, Dramatic Arts, Music
  • Theme : Life skills, Literacy, Cultural diversity
Jungle Theatre Company in partnership with the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign has developed a new production called How Stories Began 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.

A workshop is also available which gives 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.

How Stories Began made it's debut at the Masque Theatre during the July school holidays in 2015 and was performed at the Cape Town Fringe Festival; RASA; the Storievertelfees during September 2015 and at the National Arts Festival in 2016.


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