Wool & Wood – Let’s Play!

A whole new world of enjoyment, laughter and inspiration at Rocking the Cradle.

Two materials: wool and wood. We use them every day, in all kinds of different forms, and for all kinds of different reasons. So, what made them such special and exciting centrepieces in two Performances for Early Years at Cape Town’s Magnet Theatre?

Despite the simplicity of the materials, when they were combined with the powerful tool of a creative imagination, they created a whole new world of enjoyment, laughter, and inspiration.

The incredible energy and dynamism of the performers, the varied soundscapes being played, and the range of colours on display excited me. From the youngest audience member to the oldest, I felt like everyone in the room was in touch with the powerful pulse of these performances – laughing loudly and joyfully, singing with the performers, and playing with the pieces of wool and wood.

The photographs that follow provide just a small sample of the beautiful atmosphere that was created at Magnet Theatre’s Rocking the Cradle Fringe Festival.

AHA!
Produced by Magnet Theatre (South Africa) with the support of Goethe-Institut and Helios Theater (Germany).

Director: Nwabisa Plaatjie
Created with the company: Beviol Swartz, Emmanuel Ntsamba, Zizipho Quluba & Luthando Mvandaba

 



KNOCK
Produced by Magnet Theatre (South Africa) with the support of Goethe-Institut and Helios Theater (Germany).

Director: Jennie Reznek
Created with the Company: Lwando Magwaca, Livie Ncanywa & Athenkosi Mfamela

 


These performances were held at Magnet Theatre’s ‘Rocking the Cradle’ Fringe Festival, as part of the ASSITEJ Cradle of Creativity 2017. You can find more information and links to further resources about Rocking the Cradle here.

Myrto Papoulia (Facilitator & Documenter)
Myrto has experience of working both as a Primary School Teacher and as a Theatre Artist. Bringing these two interests together, she now works as an Applied Theatre Practitioner within Drama Education contexts. As a founding member of theatre group, PAZL, she designs and facilitates process drama projects for children and young people. A member of the Hellenic Theatre/Drama and Education Network, she has worked on several Applied Theatre projects, including performance making projects with community groups and projects with Roma children in Educational settings.