18 May: Focus Day Theatre and Storytelling


“We …tell stories to know who we are and make sense of the world. We constitute our social identities through narrative and although life is much more than stories, stories also try to create order in the chaos of our lives. Stories in their widest sense can be used to bring order, or tell about chaos” (Krog, A; 2009)

The storytelling focus sessions will be journeying from oral forms of storytelling from various countries to contemporary applications of story in the educational and community spaces. Closing off with storytelling workshops and the gifts of stories found. 

09h00 - 09h45
City Hall Grand Hall

10h00 - 11h00
City Hall Grand Hall

11h30 - 13h00
City Hall Grand Hall


13h00 - 14h00


14h00 - 15h30
City Hall Grand Hall


14h00 - 15h30
City Hall Seminar Room 2

15h30 - 16h00


16h00 - 18h00
City Hall Seminar Room 1

Plenary/Welcome - Facilitated by Drama for Life

Iintsomi Yabantu / Storytelling in the 21st Century – why the world needs what you already know - Presentations by Gcina Mhlophe (SA) and Rive Collins (USA)


Storytelling Methodologies. Theatrical Space & Storytelling as Rite/Naghali- Iranian Oral Storytelling - Presentations by Orek Omondi  (Kenya) Mohammad Aghebati (Iran)



Acting Out - The Challenges of Childhood Collaboration in Creation of Drama for Life   -  Karen Libman (USA) and Influence for social change with Traver Mudzonga (Zimbabwe)  

Sigana Storytelling Theater  - Storytelling workshop with John Namai (Kenya) 




What gifts of stories did we gather today?  - Activity with Drama For Life (University of Witwatersrand)

Focus Day Productions

10h00  -  75mins - Seedfolks - City Hall Theatre 1

12h00  -  45mins - Tears By The River  - City Hall Theatre 2

19h30  -  90mins - Karoo Moose  - Artscape Theatre Centre Arena    


Other productions to see if you’re interested in Theatre and Storytelling

  • Gretel and Hansel
  • Maloza – the Man Cub
  • Panali Panali
  • Soro et le Grain de Maïs Magique
  • The Bookbinder

Also attend the once-off special Korean Story Theatre performance:

Friday 19 May                      9h30 – 11h00                      

Baxter Upstairs Rehearsal Room

Korean National University of the Arts' students present Korean Story Theatre: Story Silkroad. Come enjoy this vibrant exploration of Korean culture through folk tales from Asia presented in English. – with a post-show discussion led by Dr Young Ai Choi (Admission is free on a first come first served basis).