Performed by: Jungle Theatre Company

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Hoerikwaggo is a fun; interactive, educational play focusing on the importance of the Table Mountain range as an example of biodiversity. The play concentrates on the natural environment with particular focus on indigenous flora, the diversity of animal life and broaches: fire prevention; baboon management; protection of species; fynbos and biodiversity awareness; the importance of alien clearing and cultural heritage. Hoerikwaggo is a trilingual production that draws on local archetypes and characters and uses comedy; song; dance and audience interaction to provide engaging education.

Hoerikwaggo is 55 minutes in duration and is suitable for Grades 4-7. An accompanying drama skills workshop of 45 minutes is also available.

Hoerikwaggo was created in 2005 in conjunction with Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) educators to develop a curriculum relevant show and workshop for the intermediate phase. The play has toured schools and the National Arts Festival and was incorporated into TMNP ‘Kids In Parks’ schools outreach programme in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010. Hoerikwaggo was performed for Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden’s Biodiversity Expo in 2010 and 2011. Hoerikwaggo returned to the stage in 2013 with a school tour and public run at Kalk Bay Theatre followed by a school tour and public run at the Masque Theatre in 2014. Hoerikwaggo was re-cast and performed at the Langa Civic Hall for learners from Langa and Kalksteenfontein primary schools in October 2015.


55 minutes
Recommended Age:
No min or max grade set
Recommended Grade:
Grade 4 – Grade 7
English (first language) / Xhosa (second language)
Curriculum Connection:
Creative Arts, Dramatic Arts, Life Orientation/Life Skills, Natural Sciences
Themes Covered:
Change, Choices, Creativity, Cultural diversity, Environmental awareness, Group dynamics (peer pressure), Heroes, Identity, Imagination, Life skills, Literacy, Morality, Survival

Audience Comments

Very entertaining, informative and educational stretching over various learning areas. Bokmakierie Primary School


Festivals attended: National Arts Festival, Kids in Parks (2007), Baxter Theatre (2009), Muizenberg Youth Festival (2009), Biodiveristy Expo (2010), Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden’s Biodiversity Expo (2010), Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden’s Biodiversity Expo (2011), Kalk Bay Theatre (2013), Masque Theatre (2014), Langa Civic Hall (2015)
Schools that have seen this: Herschel Prep, Langa Primary School, Kalksteenfontein Primary School, Ikwezeliswe Primary School