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Puppets teach children honesty and responsibility
07 Feb 2013

A HEART-WARMING new children’s play, Inkonyane Engenegama (The Calf With No Name), can be seen at the Stable Theatre in Durban at 10 am daily from February 12 to 16.

Cattle are an integral part of traditional Zulu culture, and status in a community is measured by the condition and number of livestock a family owns.

Each animal is named and identified by its markings, and those that are pure white or black are usually taken into the care of the king, who is regarded as the true custodian of these rare beasts.

Durban-based production company, Dizzy Dragonfly, plans to educate youngsters about Nguni cattle in its new play, Inkonyane Engenegama (The Calf With No Name).

Created by award-winning writer Clinton Marius, the production has been translated into Zulu and is directed by Mpume Mthombeni, star of plays like Tin Bucket Drum, iPuppeti, Rain and Macbeth. She also played Regina in the radio soapie, Lollipop Lane.

The story traces the journey that a young Zulu boy must take in order to set right a terrible wrong that he has committed.

Using beautiful puppets, created by Marius, the play teaches children about honesty and taking responsibility for one’s actions.

Tickets for the show, which stars Sifiso Cele, Musa Ntuli, Noluthando Kubeka and Qaphela Makhoba, are R25 (R20 per person for block bookings of 20 or more) at 031 309 2513.

— Arts Editor.





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