In the footsteps of elephants – Lunchbox Theatre tour in the Baviaanskloof

Lunchbox Theatre has just returned from a tour to the rural farm schools of the Baviaanskloof area and Langkloof, Eastern Cape, from 2nd to 6th of November. This project was made possible through a generous grant from the National Lotteries Commission. The tour was special in that the play that the NPO took to the schools specifically concerned the area being visited.

Eden to Addo Corridor Show is a story about a young girl Eva, who meets an elephant that escaped from a circus. The elephant is trying to find a road to Addo Elephant Park where his grandmother lives. The journey starts in Harkerville just outside Plett and ends in Addo, and on the journey they meet many new friends who teach them about the area they are passing through. The show focuses on understanding how people, animals and plants can coexist and need to find ways to live together.

The show was first commissioned by the Eden to Addo Corridor Initiative to increase awareness around ecological corridors. There are a number of organizations in the southern Cape working with land and people together to assist change towards resilient, economically viable socio-ecological systems, and connectivity of ecosystems is a vital part in it. Through this fun and educational Eden to Addo children’s show and educational drive Lunchbox Theatre contributes to this important work. It is one thing to discuss with farmers and conservationists to come up with sustainable solutions, and yet another to instil wonder and respect in children’s minds towards the ecosystems they live in and will be farming one day. Right on the doorstep of Addo, where elephants still live.

Lunchbox Theatre performed nine shows to 1444 children in the towns of Kleinpoort, Wolwefontein, Steytlerville and Kirkwood. A highlight of this tour was that eight of the schools experienced theatre for the first time, and many are hoping for Lunchbox Theatre to return with more shows. The actors also enjoyed this special tour with Lunchbox Theatre once again taking them to parts of the country they have not yet visited. They went to Addo Elephant Park in the end of the tour, and were astonished by encountering and pondering on the wild elephants, dung beetles and the connections between all living things. These real-life encounters, with exciting live theatre or encountering animals during our days, can create wonder in people’s minds.. wonder leads to learning, respect and understanding and can instil compassionate actions. Lunchbox shows also bring laughter and learning to our days, and we can all always do with a bit of those!

Big thank you to the National Lottery Commission and the Eden to Addo Corridor Initiat

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