Traditional African storytelling has been recognised as one of the mechanisms that inspire a community to learn, teaches morals, maintains cultural values and allows a reflection on social ethics.
Join The Soweto Theatre in collaboration with Assitej South Africa and Play Africa in partnership with Rand Merchant bank for a LIVE Storytelling experience which takes place every Tuesday of the week, streamed on The Soweto Theatre and the Assitej SA Facebook pages. The programme is aimed at children age 4-8 and its core mission is to support children’s literacy and imagination while staying safe at home amid the COVID-19 crisis. A host of professional and renowned storytellers have been recognised to take the learners through a journey of oral storytelling that will inspire, entertain, and pass knowledge, history and experience from one generation to the other. Amongst the storytellers that have graced our screens thus far is professional storyteller Tsholofelo Shounyane and Nonki who presented “The Proud Rose”, writer and facilitator Baeletsi Tsatsi who holds the JJ Renaux Emerging Storyteller Grant Award. Her stories are distributed by FunDza, Cover2Cover and Book Dash. Soweto-born actor, writer, playwright Sizwe Khumalo is set to present “Why the Tortoise has a cracked shell on 22 September 2020. His work focuses mainly on children and exploring play as part of cognitive development. He has led extensive workshops on storytelling for schools, crèches and communities in South Africa, the UK, France and Nigeria.
The sessions which are hosted predominantly in English with supporting vocabulary in isiZulu, Sesotho, Shona, Setswana and other native languages can improve children’s language fluency and help them grasp new concepts that underpin literacy and literature. Join us on the below Facebook pages for LIVE culturally-relevant stories aimed at children age 4-8. - Soweto Theatre: https://www.facebook.com/SowetoTheatre/ - Assitej: https://www.facebook.com/ASSITEJSouthAfrica/ For more information about Virtual shows at Soweto Theatre visit: https://www.sowetotheatre.com