Performed by: Well Worn Theatre Company

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Generously supported by the National Lotteries Commission, Well Worn Theatre Company proudly present their latest production for young audiences. ‘Galela‘ is a thirst-quenching new play about a community deeply affected by our country´s water issues.

Splash! Splutter! Then shhhhhh… Only ripples left. Would you dive in next?

Three best friends bravely embark on a project to make their town´s drinking water safe again. They soon discover, however, that they have waded into hot water and that the problems affecting the town dam are deeper and murkier than at first glance. Still determined to make a difference and to secure the future of their friends and family, the trio dive in to fix the mess, proving in spectacular fashion that children with the biggest imaginations will save the world.

Nationally acclaimed eco-education company, Well Worn Theatre, proudly present the latest production in their three-year touring play programme generously funded by the National Lotteries Commission. ´Galela´ is the thirst-quenching story of a small community deeply affected by our country’s water issues. Directed by multi-award winning Thembela Madliki (‘Nyanga’ NAF 2016 and ‘Bayephi’ NAF 2017), ‘Galela’ features the energetic physical theatre talents of Lerato Sefoloshe, Mlindeli Emmanuel and Tebogo Machaba, and is geared for children aged 7 to 12, though parents, teachers and older siblings will also enjoy this epic adventure play!

An IsiXhosa name meaning ‘pour’, ‘Galela’ is the thirst-quenching story of a small community deeply affected by drought. The show dives head first into the deep end of the serious water issues affecting our country, and though geared for children aged 7 to 12, this epic adventure play will whet all peoples creative appetites, and also refresh or fill ALL South Africans with some much needed, every day, water-saving tips. ‘Galela’ premieres at the 2018 National Arts Festival followed by a tour to primary schools and festivals across South Africa, in the aim to entertain, educate, and imaginatively engage learners and audiences about issues of drought, water consumption and water pollution.

To book a performance of ´Galela´for your school, organisation or event, please email or call Kyla on 0767152414

Poster Image by Ellen Heydenrych (Hey_Ellen Illustrations)


45 mins
Recommended Age:
8 years+ No max grade set
Recommended Grade:
Grade 4 – Grade 7
English (first language) No second language listed.
Curriculum Connection:
Agricultural Sciences, Creative Arts, Geography, Life Orientation/Life Skills, Natural Sciences
Themes Covered:
Change, Choices, Climate Change, Environmental awareness, Illness and Disease, Imagination, Other, Survival

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Audience Comments

I loved the show. My favourite part was “Dlala ngamani, Dlalsa ngeGagasi”. – Audience member (aged 11-15) from National Arts Festival 2018

The show was wonderful because they enjoyed what they were doing on the stage. – Audience member (aged 11-15) from National Arts Festival 2018

Wow! Loved the show. Physical theatre on point. Great story – great acting and a beautiful message. – Audience member (aged 31-50) from National Arts Festival 2018

They were creative. They made us realise we can recylce and save water from the river for other people as well, not just ourselves. – Audience member (aged 11-15) from National Arts Festival 2018


Festivals attended: South African National Arts Festival 2018