Indlovu People

Performed by: Jungle Theatre Company

No director listed

No playwright listed

!Kama Indlovu holds the key to the elephant world. He discovers three very different children fighting about elephants. !Kama takes them on a journey into the mysterious origins of Indlovu People. They get involved in magical puppetry, catchy music and comedy. Their relationship with these majestic creatures is changed forever.

Indlovu People reflects upon the history and interactions between humans and wild animals in man’s quest to dominate the earth. It reveals a chain of events that has created an issue of elephant overcrowding in Kruger National Park and the effects of enclosing wild animals in nature reserves. Indlovu People considers the range of elephant management options put forward by stakeholders and asks the audience to form their own opinion about this ‘problem species’.

Indlovu People is 45 minutes in duration and is suitable for Grades 4-9. An accompanying drama skills workshop is also available.

Indlovu People was commissioned by International Fund for Animal Welfare in 2008 as part of their Elephants Secure Habitats programme to raise awareness about issues surrounding elephant management in Southern Africa. The play was created under the direction of Stuart Palmer for schools’ twinnings run at the Baxter Theatre in May 2009. Heather Mac joined the team as guest director for a public performance in 2009 and under her direction the play has been adapted and ran at Out The Box festival and National Arts Festival in 2010 where it was part of the Cape Town Edge programme.


45 minutes
Recommended Age:
No min or max grade set
Recommended Grade:
Grade 4 – Grade 9
English (first language) / Afrikaans (second language)
Curriculum Connection:
Creative Arts, Home/Additional Language, Hospitality Studies, Life Orientation/Life Skills, Natural Sciences, Tourism
Themes Covered:
Change, Choices, Creativity, Cultural diversity, Environmental awareness, Family dynamics, Fate/Free Will, Group dynamics (peer pressure), Heroes, Identity, Imagination, Life skills, Loss, Relationships, Self-image, Survival, Violence

Audience Comments

This show shows the importance of understanding what is important to other people, their needs & wants. Any effort made to change this is extremely laudable. – Parkvale Primary School