Bohlale bja Tswene and other stories

Performed by: Mahlatsi Mokgonyana

No director listed

No playwright listed

Mahlatsi Mokgonyana, the winner of Sibikwa Storytelling without Borders Competition 2011 for Bohlale bja Tswene and other stories and the judges included Gcina Mohlophe. It was encouraging to see so many young entrants and the winner is only 18. “This bodes well for the future of storytelling in South Africa,” said Phyllis Klotz, the artistic director of the Sibikwa Arts Centre, which hosted the event.

Bohlale bja Tswene and other stories is a set of African folktales put together giving children and young people half an hour of exciting, energetic and funny African storytelling experience. The stories include life lessons and also help us understands why are things the way they are in this world that we live in. All the stories are told through the use of old age African songs, puppets, and visual arts.


30 minutes
Recommended Age:
7 years – 13 years
Recommended Grade:
Grade 3 – Grade 9
English (first language) / Northern Sotho (second language)
Curriculum Connection:
Creative Arts, Dramatic Arts, Home/Additional Language, Life Orientation/Life Skills
Themes Covered:
Change, Creativity, Imagination, Life skills, Morality