uNontombi the Musical

uNontombi is a traditional musical play which portrays two men fighting over a beautiful woman in a Zulu village. The young man Mkhonto make use of traditional powers to win the love of uNontombi as our story continues the audience witnesses a crucial turn where love is taking its direction. we see mbuzini a close friend of Mkhonto betrays him by proposing uNontombi and only to find out that she loves Mbuzini more than Mkhonto.

Once Upon a Fire is a dance and story-telling production aimed at children and families. 3 Performers will delve into the treasure trove of stories from our continent and beyond and weave them together into a new story, celebrated in dance. This cross-disciplinary production combines dance, traditional storytelling, object play, vocal mis-en-scene, physical characterisation and comedy.

MEMORY is a story for all ages that speaks about the universal impulse of loving animals.

They say that somewhere in Africa the elephants have a secret grave where they go to lie down, unburden their wrinkled gray bodies, and soar away, light spirits at the end. – Robert R. McCammon

MEMORY is a truly African story. It has been created for a purpose to allow the public into why man has hunted/hunts the elephant. Using equal demographics and four part harmonies to original music throughout the show, MEMORY has been well received by all aged audiences especially for the well-known Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi’s highly detailed animal passion images. It is like going to a real life zoo in the safe space of the theatre.

Witness a day in the life of Norman. Using graphic mime, vocal effects and physical clowning, “Norman” is a light-hearted, fun-filled, simple yet bizarre adventure of one man’s humble struggle against the universe which conspires to make his life difficult.

Created and performed by Richard Antrobus

A barman, trapped by the codes of the bar that render him invisible; a flamboyantly macho cowboy, with a flair for the Argentine Tango; and a guarded woman, whose sensuous alter ego is released as she nurses her wine as if it were mother’s milk; all hover at the edge of existence, ever short of bridging the gaps between them.  The one minute they’re keeping time to the music, the next they’ve slipped out of the real time of their unfulfilled lives and into the vacuous space of the bar.  They flirt, fight, drink and forget, fuelled by the answers they find at the bottom of the glass.

Non-verbal Family performance for children from 4+

Created, directed and performed by Jori Snell/ Baba Yaga Theatre

Review at NAF 2012 ‘Tonite’:

Kitchen Fables in a Cookie Jar is as much of an adventure… It’s a sophisticated piece of theatre-work for kids, set in a kitchen, showing us the dreams of one little girl. Assitej’s mission is to encourage the creation of good theatre for children and youth, and Kitchen Fables in a Cookie Jar fits right in with that idea.’

Those of you looking for a creative experience that is intriguing, innovative and slightly disturbing-all in one go, should look no further than award winning physical theatre performer Jori Snell, and her latest work, “Kitchen Fables in a Cookie Jar”, which captivates both young and old audiences through a delightful mix of sound, visual and movement theatre.

Kitchen Fables in A Cookie Jar”, has a subtle similarity to Alice in Wonderland. It is about a girl’s discovery in a not quite ordinary kitchen, where kitchen tools and ingredients come alive and transform into imaginary friends, or weird, sometimes grotesque creatures of her own fantasy. It is set in the kind of magica/realistic landscapes we get to explore in our dreams.

This non-verbal family performance is theatre for the senses. It creates magical pictures of flying objects, colored lights, enchanting sounds and delicious smells. As the girl’s fantasy spins around, ordinary things are being transformed into living stories and creatures that blur the borders between fantasy and reality.

Her journeys through dreamy landscapes give way for a gradual understanding of what play and friendship can bring in times of solitude and being lost. Combining physical storytelling, dance, music and visual imagery, this performance speaks to the playful, at times cruel imagination of children and adults alike.

This piece aims at playing to children’s imaginative intelligence, creating visual and emotional landscapes, very much like in a dream, letting one association follow the other.

Coming from an intensive touring children-theatre background in Denmark, Jori Snell aspires to bring imaginative, different and cutting-edge theatre to children in various schools and informal settlements in and around Cape Town, and to collaborate with organizations such as Assitej and Theatre Arts Admin Collective, to build up a strong platform for high, qualitative children theatre in SA.

This performance deals with global warming as a cause of climate change. The presentation is interactive, entertaining, fun-filled and suitable for children, teenagers and adults. It integrates creative dance, song and dramatisation, which seeks to “edutain” and makes information about global warming accessible and easy to understand. Research has shown that using innovative teaching tools, means that learners are more likely to remember and internalise the subject matter.

The presentation explores the causes, effects and solutions or ways of minimising global warming, in order to save our tomorrow. It will educate people about the role they can play in saving our planet. The presentation also shows how each person can help through changing everyday habits which contribute to Global Warming.

The presentation is a clarion call to every individual to save tomorrow.

One day Nomonde finds out that Che is playing with her life. Players, sex, love, family and tv shows…

What is true, what is real, what is fake?

In this play which is a mixture of puppetry,drama, dance and music we follow Nomonde in her search for a way out.

This play has been made based on research about loverboys, interviews with youngsters on several schools.

Theatre 4 Youth