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Performed by Lunchbox Theatre

Do you know why trees are important and do our children know?  This show teaches, in a fun way, about why trees are important, what they give us and why they should be conserved.  This hilarious show is the perfect, ‘fun’draiser!

Our story takes place in a small, tranquil village where the villagers are working hard to beautify the area in preparation for a wedding ceremony. However, peace is disturbed and the ceremony disrupted, when greedy developers swoop in and begin to wreak havoc on the land. As more trees are chopped down and building continues, Mother Nature has to step in and through the voice of an old man, a great magical tree, airs her concerns to the developers and encourages them to change their ways before it is too late…The Tree Show and workshop program celebrates indigenous trees as a vital part of our existence. This fun and interactive show uses song, dance and drama to engage the audience in a lively and interactive storytelling experience. We look at current threats that trees face in the light of unsustainable development and conclude that we, as custodians of the planet, should work together with nature instead of against her.

The show is completed with an interactive tree planting workshop at the venue where the show is performed. Children from the audience become involved in the planting of an indigenous tree that they will then be able to watch and nurture as it grows over the years. This tree stands as a reminder of the importance of trees to life on the planet.

Audience Comments

The Tree Show does not focus on the “normal” way of education and so the children had fun without realising that they are learning. – Kaylene Booth, St Marys Development and Care Centre
The children learnt about the importance of trees in an amusing way. Great show!  Thanks for this fun way of educating our youngsters. – Robin Luyt, Greenwood Primary School

Duration: 25 minute show + 20 minute workshop

Grades: Grade 2 - Grade 8

Language(s): English, Afrikaans, isiXhosa

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Festivals Attended/Performances at:

  • Pick 'n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival
  • Madiba's 90 Trees, Plettenberg Bay
  • Plett Fringe Festival
  • Siyazama Multipurpose Centre, Grahamstown
  • Nature's Valley
  • Bitou Municipality
  • Knysna Municipality
  • George Municipality
  • Mossel Bay Municipality
  • Timberland

Performed for the following schools:

Bracken Hill, Conville, Dirk Boshoff, Formosa, Fraaisig, Greenwood Bay, Greenwood, Harkerville, Holy Cross, Hornlee, Karatara, Knysna Montessori, Kranshoek, Kwanokuthula, Lancewood, Nieu Bethesda, Oakhill Knysna, Phakamisani, Plett Primary, Raglan Road, Grahamstown, Rheenendal, Smutsville, St Andrews, St Mary's, Grahamstown, St Paul's, Sunridge, The Crags Primary, Tuilulwazi Preschool, Grahamstown, Touwsranten, Witterdrift Primary

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