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African Folktales with Erik de Waal

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South African storyteller and puppeteer Eric de Waal is back, with a mix of new tales and returning favourites.

Tokoloshe and The Long One teach the importance of believing in mysteries you can’t always see, and seeing through the rough exterior of a bully. These are relevant lessons for all ages and eras, but perhaps even more so now, with the current social recognition of the problem of bullying.

The third tale, Why Lions Can’t Fly, is just plain fun, with de Waal running around in a lion mask to the delight of the crowd. It’s happily low-tech, and some puppets are looking a little worn, but it hardly matters: he has such a great rapport with kids that his only issue is occasionally overriding the enthusiastic audience response just to keep the story going.

At only 35 minutes, the show is great for young, short attention spans, but it also leaves many wanting more.

— Janice Sawka

From the Fringe program:

Director: Marie Kruger

Cast: Erik de Waal

 300,000 kids on five continents loved African Folktales.

Talking giraffes, zany zebras, galumphing elephants and much more magic. African folk tales come to vibrant life through storytelling, puppetry, physical comedy and lots of laughs.

***** "It's superb. Don't miss it." - CBC Manitoba

***** "De Waal is a superb storyteller with his audience hanging on every vivid, imaginative word." - Winnipeg Free Press

Tickets: $5 for children 12 and under

Length: 45 mins.

Tickets: $10

Warnings: None

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