THABAZIMBI – The first drama show by Thabang Children’s Project, held on Monday 12 October with Thabang’s children as actors and musicians, was a big success.
The Premiere was held at Kumnandi Lapha Guesthouse and was the round up of four weeks of intensive work: organising, scripting, making masks, painting and rehearsals, rehearsals, rehearsals.
Swiss artist and documentary Rita Ziegler and Friedhild Mory from Berlin/Germany prepared and directed the theatre show free of charge for Thabang Children’s Project. Generous financial support came from mr Egon Mauss, benefactor of Thabang.
The story line of the play is based on the Tswana oral tradition as related by ms Francinah Podile, Principal of Istores Primary School. “The Wonder Tree” is one of many tales that was told to her by her grandmother. And it starts, like all fairy tales around the world, with the magic words, “Once upon a time…” The animals are searching for the Wonder Tree that appeared in Tortoise’s dream. And, in the end, it was only Tortoise, slow as he might be, who was able to find it, because he believed in his dream. The other animals from Ostrich to Lion, just couldn’t remember grandmother Gogo’s words: Urumbo-Borongo…