Splash! Splutter! Then shhhhhh… Only ripples left. Would you dive in next?

For Ages 7 to 12

Three best friends embark 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 brave trio dive in to fix the mess, proving in spectacular fashion that children with the biggest imaginations will save the world.

DIRECTOR: Thembela Madliki

CAST: Lerato Sefoloshe

            Tebogo Machaba

            Mlindeli Emmanuel Zondi

Acclaimed eco-education company, Well Worn Theatre, proudly present the latest production in their three-year touring play programme generously funded by the National Lotteries Commission. ´Galela´ is the thirst-quenching story of a small community deeply affected by our country’s water issues. Directed by multi-award winning Thembela Madliki (‘Nyanga’ NAF 2016 and ‘Bayephi’ NAF 2017), ‘Galela’ features the energetic physical theatre talents of Lerato Sefoloshe, Mlindeli Emmanual and Tebogo Machaba and is geared for children aged 7 to 12, though parents, teachers and older sibling will also enjoy this epic adventure play!

‘Galela’ premiered at the 2018 National Arts Festival followed by a tour to primary schools and festivals across South Africa. The play aims to entertain, educate, and imaginatively engage learners audiences about issues of drought, water consumption and water pollution.

Established in 2008 by Artistic Director Kyla Davis, Well Worn Theatre Co. is an NPO committed to creating new and original theatre that entices audiences, empowers artists, and educates young minds with regards to social and environmental justice concerns.

For more information about Well Worn Theatre or to book ‘Galela’ to perform for your school/organisation/event, please e-mail:

The sound effects and singing were excellent. The actors did an amazing job! Thank you for the lovely performance.’ – Parkview Senior Primary, Gauteng

‘Absolutely fabulous – so relevant to [the learners’] Water Explorer efforts. We particularly love the environmental themes you produce. Such a great reward for all their efforts.’ – Bridget Ringdahl, Water Explorer Programme, KZN

‘It was 100%. We loved it.’ – Mphepheta Primary, KZN

‘I love the fact that so few props were needed to do this. The message was powerful.’ – Saxonwold Primary, Gauteng

‘Great show. These plays are highly useful and relevant to our school context.’ – Bosmont Primary School, Gauteng

‘We enjoyed the show and loved the song and had a better understanding concerning saving water.’ – Nkosi’s Haven Children’s Home, Gauteng

‘ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! Kid’s standing ovations says it all’ – Lilyfontein School, Eastern Cape