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A Dog's Life

By Jungle Theatre Company

  • Duration : 45 minutes
  • Grade : 4 - 7
  • First language : English
  • Second language : Xhosa
  • Subject : Home/Additional Language, Life Skills/Orientation, Creative Arts, Natural Sciences
  • Theme : Illness and Disease, Poverty, Identity, Self-image, Discrimination, Prejudice, Life skills, Violence, Abuse, Literacy, Relationships, Intra/interpersonal conflicts, Choices, Morality, Group dynamics (peer pressure), Survival, Change, Cultural diversity, Imagination, Creativity
An exploration of the lives of pets in urban communities, through a story about a homeless dog and a lonely homeless boy. Their struggle to survive in the city sees them tackle many obstacles and make important life choices. The story is told through the eyes of the dog Wafi, with innovative puppetry, beautiful singing and audience participation.

A Dog’s Life broaches the specific needs of domestic animals in terms of their day-to-day care through dance and tri-lingual song. The play delivers important messages about the practical aspects of animal welfare.

A Dog’s Life is 45 minutes long and suitable for Grades 4-7. An accompanying drama skills workshop is also available.

“This is the one of best shows I have seen! It was informative, creative and entertaining, a wonderful way of getting the children aware of all the abandoned or cruelly treated pets out there that need our help.” Fish Hoek Primary School

As a response to increasing concerns about the plight of urban domestic animals, Jungle Theatre Company developed A Dog’s Life which was adopted by International Fund for Animal Welfare as part of their Companion Animal Programme and was rolled out as a twinnings intervention at the Baxter Theatre in 2006 – 2008 and toured communities in Soweto in 2007 and 2008. Recast in 2010 with 6 Laduma Jungle trainees A Dog’s Life was performed in 2010 Mdzananda Animal Clinic, Camp Footprints, at the Masque Theatre in 2015 as a twinnings programme funded by IFAW and at other community events.


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