A Dog’s Life (Lunchbox Theatre)

Performed by: Lunchbox Theatre

No director listed

No playwright listed

Did you know that troubled children who have either witnessed or experienced abuse are far more likely to mistreat animals?  It is hard to  understand why any child would mistreat an animal. This show provides a platform for discussion which can lead to remedies as the reasons cover other problems.  It also shows children how to treat and love animals.

This entertaining, interactive and informative showteaches children about how important it is to respect animals as they fall in love with our endearing puppet, Wafi.

The child is thrown out of home and meets a stray dog, Wafi, who is in the same predicament. The two form a special friendship and discover new ways to take care of each other. A villainous man, Mr Jacobs, takes them in and puts them to work stealing for him to cover their food and board. They attend an Animal Welfare meeting at the local community centre to steal as much as they can, but end up getting so involved in all that is being taught that they forget to steal. Mr Jacobs is so angry that he accompanies them to the next meeting.

The show looks at the development of these relationships and compares the various attitudes towards domestic animal welfare.

With songs, actions, interesting characters and an adorable life like dog puppet, this show has proven to be a hit with all who see it and the children fall in love with Wafi.


45 minutes
Recommended Age:
No min or max grade set
Recommended Grade:
Grade 4 – Grade 12
English (first language) / Afrikaans (second language)
Curriculum Connection:
Creative Arts, Home/Additional Language, Life Orientation/Life Skills, Life Sciences, Natural Sciences, Visual Arts
Themes Covered:
Abuse, Choices, Creativity, Family dynamics, Fate/Free Will, Group dynamics (peer pressure), Heroes, Imagination, Intra/interpersonal conflicts, Life skills, Morality, Relationships, Survival, Tolerance

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Audience Comments

Fantastic!   What a compelling message! – Di Butlin – Chairperson, PAWS, Plett Animal Welfare Society

A big yes to this show which integrates natural science, arts and culture! – Ms NP Poti – Thembalitsha Primary

Well planned show.  Good tor remind children to treat their animals with dignity. Please try to reach as many kids as possible. – GA Olivier – Sunridge Primary


Festivals attended: Knysna Oyster Festival
Schools that have seen this: Plett Primary, Formosa Primary , Sunridge Prim, Knysna Primary , Formosa Primary , Phakamisani Primary , Wittedrift High and Primary , Chris Nissen Primary, Knysna , Thembalitsha Primary, Knysna , The Crags Primary , Greenwood Primary, Oakhill School, Knysna , Britsevlakte Primary , Dirk Boshoff Primary , Rooirivier Primary , Avontuur Primary , De Hoop Primary , Ongelegen Primary , Dieprivier Primary , Kommandantsdrif Primary , Vleeiplaas Primary , Rietfontein Primary , W.J.Le Roux Primary, Laerskool Oudshoorn Noordt, Voorbedag Primary

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