Water-wise 'Galela' is making a splash

Well Worn Theatre Company
03/28/2018 09:41:03

Joburg-based artists respond to the severe drought in the Eastern and Western Cape with Well Worn's new show 'Galela'.

Some Capetonians and others affected by the severe drought in the Western and Eastern Cape may criticize Joburgers for their lack of empathy during this National crisis. One company which has NOT flushed the issue down the drain, or simply laid back and filled up the bath water, is Jozi-based Well Worn Theatre Company. In July 2018 they release ‘Galela’ - a new show called focused on water-conservation and making a few drops go a long way during these times of scarcity.

Founded by theatre-maker and earth activist, Kyla Davis, Well Worn has an established history of producing high quality theatre shows focussing on themes of social and ecological justice. From their protest theatre roots to devising cutting-edge eco-awareness shows for young audiences, Well Worn - as their name suggests - have shown a constant and enduring commitment to conserving theatre and the world.

Generously funded by the National Lotteries Commission, and in partnership with the National School of the Arts, in 2017 Well Worn launched its Three Year Touring Theatre Programme for South African schools. Last year the team produced ‘Plastocracy’ and this year they are proud to announce ‘Galela’ as their second eco-theatre production of the tour.

The show is directed by Thembela Madliki - a young female theatre-maker from King Williams Town already making waves in the industry. Madliki won the prestigious Standard Bank Ovation Award for her play ‘Bayephi’ in 2017, as well as Best Production and Most Promising Student Director for ‘Nyanga’ the year prior. She is currently in the last week of preparation for ‘My boetie is 'n danser' at KKNK in Oudtshoorn, is one of Cape Town’s TAACs 2018 Emerging Directors, AND is the new ASSITEJ Representative for the Eastern Cape from. She’s a busy lady.

‘Galela’ features the energetic physical theatre talents of Lerato Sefoloshe, Mlindeli Emmanuel and Linda J. Tshabalala, who tell the story of three best friends, bravely embarking on a project to make their town's drinking water safe again. They soon discover, however, that they have waded into hot water and that the problems affecting the town dam are deeper and murkier than at first glance. Still determined to make a difference and to secure the future of their friends and family, the trio dive in to fix the mess, proving in spectacular fashion that children with the biggest imaginations will save the world.

An IsiXhosa name meaning ‘pour’, ‘Galela’ dives head first into the deep end of the serious water issues affecting our country. Though geared for children aged 7 to 12, this epic adventure play will whet the appetites all people thirsty to quench their creative appetite, and also refresh or fill ALL South Africans with some much needed, every day, water-saving tips.

‘Galela’ launches at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, running from 3 to 5 July at the hubs of children's theatre; NELM and Mpumelelo Hall (bookings open on 2 April 2018).

Following this the show will undergo a nationwide schools tour for Gr 4 to 7 learners, from July to the end of October 2018. If you are a teacher, school, environmental organisation or the like, don’t miss out on the opportunity to book ‘Galela’ during this limited time. The performance is offered with a post-show Q&A with the cast and crew, and accompanying water-wise drama workshops for learners.

Keep a lifeguard’s watch for performances of this show, as ‘Galela’ is sure to quench a thirst for art and knowledge, and make a very, BIG, SPLASH!

For further enquiries, or to arrange a booking, please contact Well Worn Theatre Company Manager, Binnie Christie, by e-mailing

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Binnie Christie
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Well Worn Theatre Co.
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Dates: Wednesday, 26th June 2019 - Sunday, 7th July 2019