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

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

Nationally 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. It features the energetic physical theatre talents of Lerato Sefoloshe, Mlindeli Emmanuel and Linda J. Tshabalala and 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 in 2016.

An IsiXhosa name meaning ‘pour’, GALELA is the thirst-quenching story of a small community deeply affected by drought. The show dives head first into the deep end of the serious water issues affecting our country, and though geared for children aged 7 to 12, this epic adventure play will whet all people’s creative appetites, and also refresh or fill all South Africans with some much needed, every day, water-saving tips.

GALELA premieres at the 2018 National Arts Festival, after which a tour to primary schools and festivals across South Africa will follow. The production aims to entertain, educate, and imaginatively engage learners and audiences about issues of drought, water consumption and water pollution.

  • Made possible by a generous grant from the National Lotteries Commission, and our partnership with the leader in theatre education; the National School of Arts.


About Well Worn Theatre Co

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. GALELA is their response to the national drought.

  • For more information about Well Worn Theatre Co. or GALELA, please email: [email protected]


Artistic Director – Kyla Davis
Producer – Binnie Christie
Stage Manager – Tiffani Cornwall
Poster Designer – Ellen Heydenrych (Hey_Ellen Illustration)

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