Children who suffer at the hands of adults often have no idea that they have rights and what better way to teach them through a story?
Vulnerable children and good adults are mesmerized by this adventure. They become emotionally involved as they watch the ‘baddies’ denying basic rights to the children they have taken prisoner. Being part of this highly interactive show, makes them feel excited when Themba is told he must find his Inheritance. Empathy when he is captured and used as a slave with other children. Appalled by the greedy gluttons who scoff at the notion that everyone is equal in South Africa, even children. Warmed by the loving guidance of the guardian angel. Repulsed by the anti-heroes. Shocked when Themba stands up for his rights and his fellow prisoners. Angry when the bad guy tries to hurt Themba. Protective of the children when they escape. And delighted when Themba triumphs and the rights of children which is their real inheritance are indelibly imprinted in their minds and emotions. The children in the story triumph over the abusers in the end which gives them the courage they need to speak out. The more children who can see this show the better.
iLifa was inspired by the 40th anniversary of the National Arts Festival and the 20th anniversary of our Democratic Constitution.
Duration: 45 minutes
Grades: Grade 2+
Language(s): English, Xhosa
Themes covered: Abuse, Change, Choices, Creativity, Cultural diversity, Death, Discrimination, Family dynamics, Fate/Free Will, Group dynamics (peer pressure), Heroes, Identity, Imagination, Intra/interpersonal conflicts, Life skills, Loss, Morality, National/global conflicts, Other, Poverty, Prejudice, Relationships, Self-efficacy, Self-image, Survival, Tolerance, Violence
Festivals Attended/Performances at:
- South African National Arts Festival 2014
- HIFA 2015, Zimbabwe
Performed for the following schools:
Raphaeli School, The Crags Primary, Wittedrift Primary, Phakamisani Primary, Kranshoek Primary, Formosa Primary, Harkerville Primary, Plett Primary