When Lion Had Wings

Performed by: Jungle Theatre Company

No director listed

No playwright listed

JTC has created 2 versions of this production i.e storytelling and street theatre. With a cast of 7 the latter version is a visual street theatre piece and uses daring stilt characterizations, animal masks, original music and Nama language. The storytelling version has 3 characters who portray hilarious frogs who lead the animals to discover their own talents and to stand up to the bully. The storytellers continuously link the folktale to the language, the culture & history of the Khoikhoi as well as to their personal experiences. Insights into the behaviour of humans and wild animals are revealed. Both versions make use of English, Afrikaans & Nama (Khoikhoi language).

When Lion Had Wings is 40 minutes in duration with the storytelling version most suitable for Grades 4-7 whereas the street theatre version is fun for the whole family.

When Lion Had Wings, was developed during the course of 2016 and made its debut at the Cape Town Fringe Festival and was subsequently performed at the Muizenberg Festival as part of Project Ripple; the Cape Town Embrace event in celebration of Universal Children’s Day; at Streetopia and at the Vrygrond Festival.  During February 2017  the street theatre version was performed as part of JTC’s Our Beaches Our Stories project which brought public art performances to public recreational spaces i.e. Monwabisi, Strandfontein and Muizenberg Pavilions, promoting natural and cultural heritage. The storytelling version toured local primary schools during November of 2016, was performed at the Masque Theatre early December and toured the Northern Cape at the start of March 2017.


40 minutes + optional 45 minute workshop
Recommended Age:
No min or max grade set
Recommended Grade:
Grade 4 – Grade 7
English (first language) / Afrikaans (second language) / (Additional Language/s)
Curriculum Connection:
Dramatic Arts, Life Orientation/Life Skills, Social Sciences
Themes Covered:
Cultural diversity, Group dynamics (peer pressure), Heroes, Identity, Intra/interpersonal conflicts, Life skills, Self-image

Audience Comments

“Great performance. The learners were entertained throughout” Sid G. Rule Primary 2016


Festivals attended: Cape Town Fringe Festival (2016), Muizenberg Festival (2016), Cape Town Embrace (2016), Vrygrond Festival (2016), Masque Theatre (2017), National Arts Festival (2017)