We arrived at Ixopo on Sunday afternoon and the weather was really bad, it was raining and mist the road to our place where we were going to stay for next 5 days was muddy. We prayed that it clears up a bit but stay over cast because we have had enough of the sun In past week. The team looked relaxed and ready for another week of fun and laughter.
This week is going to be totally different for me, working in rural areas is always great, as I grew up in a rural area and I know the importance of being respectful and growing up I remember fetching water was regarded as girls job which in some areas its still is. When I was asked to get water in the show and I said no some boys agreed with me so it left some debate between the students. Playing a child was nice, and I really enjoyed the reaction from the students, it was amazing. Even the punishment of being pinched by the ears was also something they were familiar with them, as our parents will do this when we are being cheeky. However on the positive side of this coin, is the love shown by the parent, this too was a special moment in the show. The kids really enjoyed the show and most of them especially in the high schools saw something that they can relate and connect to.
We first went to Woza Moya to get a complete schedule of the schools and times and also have someone who will be accompanying us to the schools for next 5 days (It is very easy to get lost in those magnificent valleys, and schools can be very remote.) Our first show was nice and relaxed because the size of audience was small as the weather was bad but it was a good show they really enjoyed it.
The rest of the week was totally different to the previous one In terms of the numbers (most schools did not have big which meant we had to adjust the energy of performing.) But the reaction was the same with the high school kids; it was more about understanding and picking up some of the things they have seen happen around them or at their homes. With primary school students for them it’s always about having a good laugh and being amazed by the juggling act and stilts walker. All the schools were great from the teachers to the kids. It was a good week the team worked very well together! And our partner oraganisation in the field, Woza Moya, was there to support us and help us bring laughter to these children. What an amazing and special final week!
– Sipho Mdletshe