If I were you…

“If I were you,

I’d wanna clean up too…”

The song Chip and his friends sing while cleaning up around their school. Or stage. We had so much fun bringing this grade 3 prescribed reading book to life! Have a look:

The rehearsal stage.

Building the decor.

Making the props.


Interpreting scenes.

Making theatre.

For an awesome audience!

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Make sure to book your tickets for Die Rommelkoningin at Hermanus Fynarts 10 Junie, and The Litter Queen 17 June at the Hermanus Auditorium. Webtickets.

The Purpose

Put a bunch of artists in a room to talk about business, and then ask them to define “purpose”. A few moments of uncharacteristic silence.


Artists usually have quite a lot to say about purpose, because that’s the very thing that motivates us to create. It’s our voice. Our reason. Our message. But put it in the same sentence as “business”, and you’ve got us stunned for a moment.
Art and Business are not traditional partners. Art is something you suffer for, while business is what we all prefer our children to be good at.

BASA asked that very question at their Established Education Programme workshop 2017, and I can confidently tell you what Story Team’s purpose is:
It is operating in that sweet spot where the talents of our team members align perfectly with the desires we have for our company, and comes into fulfilment in the projects we undertake.

Figuring out your personal purpose, and matching it with your professional one, is a wonderful priviledge. Earning your money, while living out your passion. Wow.


Kalla en die Towersleutel kom Hermanus toe!


Kalla en die Rommelkoningin

Al die maters in die Overberg, staan nader, want Kalla is oppad! Die welbekende leesboek-karakter kom maak sy verkyning in die Hermanus Ouditorium vanaf 8-12 Mei, en is beslis ‘n moet-beleef!

Hier is solank ‘n paar lusmakers:

Ons hou julle op hoogte.

We’re not forgetting about our english friends, we have english performances as well! Visit our website for the dates, cost and booking info: http://www.storyteam.co.za

Fifi en Kie red die Vleilande


Op 2 Februarie vier ons World Wetlands Day, die bewaring van ons vleilande. Die tema vir hierdie jaar is: Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Fifi die Vleipadda en Pollie Palmiet het weer die Overberg plat gery om maats tot in Riversdal te gaan vertel wat ’n vleiland is en hoekom ons mooi daarna moet kyk.

Vir die groter maters, moeders en vaders wat dalk nie weet wat dit is nie, kom ons vertel julle ook meer:

Vleilande is waardevol vir die ekosisteem, omdat dit water kwaliteit en kwantiteit beïnvloed. Met droogtes en vloede wat ons land toenemend bedreig, raak dit al hoe belangriker om ons vleilande mooi op te pas.

Die ontstellende nuus is dat 71% van vleilande in die Wes-Kaap bedreig word! Faktore wat hiervoor verantwoordelik is, is:
uitheemse plante
onverskillige ontwikkeling
oorbeweiding, en


Die Wes-Kaapse minister van Plaaslike Regering, Omgewingsake en Ontwikkelingsbeplanning, Mnr. Johan Bredell, sê:

“It is going to take innovation and hard work by the generations living on our planet today to make sure there is a sustainable future for the generations that will follow us. We need to start doing the right things now.”


Professor Doedels leer die maters hoe sake staan

Vir baie behulpsame informasie, en raad hoe om die vleilande in jou omgewing te help bewaar, besoek: http://www.capenature.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Wetlands.pdf

Hermanus vleiland-foto: mongabay.com, Rhett A. Butler


Want to audition, but what is a monologue?!



Ok, so what is a monologue?
You are ready to act on the audition call, you are available, eager, willing to do your bit… if only you knew what to prepare.
A monologue is a part in a play where a character speaks alone. It is not a soliloque, where he/she speaks to him/herself, but the character shares thoughts with the audience, that usually enriches the play.
For example: your character was just in a conversation with another character about going on a road trip. Your character freaked out, the other characters stormed off, and you are left alone on stage. Your character starts a monologue, recollecting a scene from his/her past where something traumatic happened on a previous road trip. In this way, the audience is given information the other characters in the play do not have, which creates tension. They might have more empathy with your character, and in more than one way, the play is enriched.
So, a monologue is a speech where a character speaks alone, to an audience, about his/her own thoughts or feelings about something.
Where to find one? The best place is in an existing drama text, found in any library. If you are really desperate, it is possible to write your own, but do not attempt it for an audition if you have never done it before! Monologues can become quite melodramatic and self-indulgent.
If you’ve found one that speaks to you, read it, make it your own, and make that call!

Audition Tips


You saw the ad. You’re in two minds… Tip number one:

Go for it! If you are available on rehearsal and performance dates, be brave and take the plunge. If the ad spoke to you in that special ticklish place in your gut, this is your chance.

2. Make sure you know what the requirements are, and that you can fulfil it. In our case, we need:

  • a talented performer, with or without experience – we will teach and guide an eager and willing  soul.
  • someone who’s available to rehearse and perform in the mornings, because that’s when we do our thing, and we cannot negotiate with our audience about this.
  • someone who can speak afrikaans and english fluently, because we need our audience to understand us.
  • someone with transport.

3. Be on time, because first impressions last. In the world of a traveling theatre troupe, hiring rehearsal space is a huge thing. If you are late, it costs money, so be considerate, responsible and show up on time.

4. Come prepared. This links up with the previous point. If you are expected to perform, but you present excuses instead, you are wasting time and money. Remember: a flawless performance is not necessarily required, it is more about the effort you put in and the promise and possibility we see in you. Speak loudly, clearly and present a creative, interesting character. This is children’s theatre, so we need energy and imagination.

5. Do your best.

6. Enjoy it. We love what we do, and it will be a priviledge to share it with someone new!

Visit our website for more info and to book your audition time: http://www.storyteam.co.za

The making of Ourcloud.com: ‘n Fairy African Site

I cannot help to recite William Wordsworth’s poem everytime I say “ourcloud”. I like the way the words sound themselves out of my mouth, but most of all I like the dreaminess of the idea. “I wandered lonely as a cloud…”

Oh, the possibilities! But the only lonely and dreamy thing about our cloud, is just the very first moment of its conception. That moment fades away into oblivion… That particular moment the idea-getter can seldom recall, because that’s simply how an idea works: it is born…and then it balloons, blossoms, mushrooms, and explodes!

So I imagine that is how our writer, Celeste, and later her whole team, felt when they contemplated another story about South Africa. Visualising all the things we know and love so well. Making pictures in their minds, floating on their cloud of creativity, making a plan to do all the same things, but completely differently. It started small…

That is how this:


The First Draft and Name

became this:


The Second Draft and Name

and finally this:


The story of the fairy godmother and the tooth fairy, who have the time of their lives on a very unusual cloud. On this cloud, they row their way through cyber space and discover a country that takes their breath away: South Africa as seen through the eyes of a hopeful, energetic generation.

I am sure any lonely wanderer would have been eager to make a stop and get off his cloud at one of the vibrant, diverse local is lekker destinations. Loneliness is definitely not a part of who we South Africans are. We have come a long way to create a new, ever blossoming and very real story. Thank you Hermanus Primary for your awesome learners and teachers who floated, stormed and rained with us!

Die belangrikheid van op-jou-kop-staan

Miette kopstaan

Ek het ‘n oom gehad wat op sy kop kon staan. As hy kom kuier het was ons almal begeesterd deur sy eienaardige gewoontes. Hy het nie net vir lang rukke voete in die lug gebalanseer nie, hy het ons ook oortuig dat die wêreld van herderinne, skoorsteenveërs en ander vreemde gediertes net ‘n gedagte ver is. Ek weet dit vandag nog. En ek weet dat die stories van ander karakters my soms help om my eie storie beter te verstaan; om my maters se stories beter te verstaan.

Dit is wat ons by StoryTeam doen: ons ondersoek sosiale- en lewensvaardgihede deur middel van teater en drama. Die kreatiewe, veilige omgewing van teater het die potensiaal om ‘n wêreld van moontlikhede te ontsluit! Ons toneelstukke skep geleenthede vir jongmense om beter keuses te oorweeg en om die waarde van kommunikasie raak te sien. Sê nou maar dit het vir daardie karakter gewerk, dan wonder ek of dit vir my ook sal werk…

Die superfantastiese ding van my oom was dat hy nie net die stories vir ons gelees het nie. Eetkamertafels het paleise geword, ou kartondose was gondolas op magiese riviere en ‘n ou verestowwer het nuwe betekenis gekry as ‘n silwer hings. Ek het so vereenselwig met die brawe Raponsie, strompelend deur die sitkamer-woud opsoek na haar prins, dat ek vandag steeds onthou Sukses lê net anderkant Baie Sukkel. Groot konsepte en lewenswaarhede raak lewendig wanneer ‘n mens dit aan jou eie bas voel, soos die Sjinese spreekwoord sê: Tell me and I will forget, show me and I will remember, involve me and I will understand.

Ons kan gevolglik nie anders as om ons teater-ervaring interaktief te maak nie. Leerders kan nie net na ‘n konsert kom kyk nie, hulle moet deel word van die stories, en saam met die akteurs die konflik oplos. Augusto Boal het gesê: “…through participation in the theatre process, participants can develop a critical consciousness of their collective situation and be inspired to action.” Geïnspireer tot aksie. Dit is mos nou hoe ‘n mens ‘n verskil maak! Niks het nog ooit verander of beter geraak deur passiwiteit nie. Om net te weet iets kan beter wees, maak dit nie beter nie, ‘n mens moet aktief betrokke raak.

Alle stories is nie feëverhale nie. My oom het later nie meer kom kuier nie. Nadat hy oorlede is, was daar ‘n baie werklike, skitterende leemte – sy stories was drywend in ‘n onbereikbare borrel tussen werklikheid en droom. Dit is die ding van stories: dit bly op ‘n afstand totdat jy geleer het om die waarhede daarin raak te sien en dit toe te pas. Om ‘n toneelstuk te kyk is maar een stap in die regte rigting, maar wat dan?

As opgeleide onderwysers en akteurs ontwikkel ons programme wat gebruik kan word as hulpmiddels in die opvoedkundige leerproses. StoryTeam– toneelstukke word die sleutel tot kommunikasie. Leerders kry die geleentheid om tydens sommige vertonings insae te hê in die verloop van die aksie. Na elke veroting kan almal deelneem aan ‘n relevante bespreking, waar hulle die geleentheid kry om hul eie stories, ervarings en menings te deel. Opgeleide fassiliteerders skep ‘n veilige atmosfeer waarin moontlike atwoorde en oplossings gevind kan word.

StoryTeam is met ander woorde die platform waardeur ons teaterprogramme (met spesifieke temas en fokus) ontwikkel, om die behoeftes van ons gemeenskap te belig en aan te spreek. Om te leer is mos ‘n sensoriese ervaring vir jongmense! Die oudiovisuele en emosionele avontuur stel leerders in staat om verskeie aspekte of probleme in hul daaglikse lewe te identifiseer.

Ons het verskeie programme vir ‘n breë spektrum leerders:

Poppeteater vir Gr RR – Gr 2 leerders, teater vir Gr R – Gr4 en Gr 5 – Gr7 leerders en teater vir hoërskoolleerders.

Temas wat behandel word is bv:

  • Normes en Waardes (Leierskap, Boelies, Waarheid vs Die Leuen)
  • Omgewingsbewustheid (Herwinning en Rommel, Marienebewaring, Wildbewaring, Vleilandbewaring)
  • Sosiale kwessies en gemeenskapsteater (Dwelmverslawing)

Dit is ons passie om stories te maak en te deel. Skole kan ons kontak vir vertonings van bestaande programme, of om nuwe programme te ontwikkel. Indien ‘n oorspronklike, pasgemaakte teks vir skooltoneel benodig word, is StoryTeam ook die plek om dit te kry!

Liewe juffrou,

As jy die effek van drama in  jou klaskamer op die proef wil stel, hier is ‘n paar wenke  (en onthou drama beteken aksie):

  • As jy volgende keer ‘n storie lees, kry vir die hoofkarakter in die boek ‘n kenmerkende hoed. Elke keer as jy sy/haar dialoog lees, sit die hoed op! Dit is nie eers nodig om in ‘n vreemde stem te praat nie, die kostuum sit klaar die verbeeldingsratte aan die gang. As jy klaar gelees het, kan jy weer die hoed opsit, en toelaat dat die kleintjies jou vrae vra oor die storie – in karakter. Ek is seker dit kan ‘n opwindende mondeling wees! (Later kan die kinders self die karakters in die hot seat)
  • Lees vir die klas ‘n koerantberig of tydskrif-artikel. Praat oor die persoon(e) waaroor dit gaan. Waar dink die leerders kom die persoon vandaan? Wat is sy lewensverhaal? Wat het die oggend voor die voorval in sy lewe gebeur? Wat gaan moontlik in die toekoms gebeur? ‘n Oefening in verlede, toekomstige en huidige tyd. Dit maak ‘n gesprek oor sosiale kwessies oop, maar dit maak ook meer akademiese oefeninge moontlik bv. opstel-ontwikkeling, karakter-ontwikkeling ens.
  • Gebruik ‘n foto vanaf sosiale media, bv. ‘n celebrity Stel ‘n paar kinders op in identiese posisies – gevries. Haal die leerders een-een uit hul posisie en vra hoe hulle in dié posisie gekom het. Dit maak hulle bewus van ander mense/karakters se optrede (en die rede daarvoor) in spesifieke situasies. Dit is ook ‘n lekker op-die-voete-dink mondeling.
  • Daar is min dinge so verkwikkend soos hardop uitgepsreekte klank. Soveel te meer as dit poëties gerangskik of geskommel is! Prikkel volgende keer die leerders se nuuskierigheid deur eers die strofes van die voorgeskrewe gedig uit te knip en te skommel. Laat hulle die deurmekaar reëls hardop lees – of beter nog, uitspeel! Sit dit dan weer aanmekaar, ontdek die betekenis en lees dit weer.

Ek kan ook nog op my kop staan. En ek is steeds bewus van die krag wat in aktiewe stories lê – joune, myne en elke leerer daar buite s’n. Kom ons maak ‘n kleurvolle Suid-Afrikaanse storie met ‘n superfantastiese einde; kom ons raak betrokke.

Ons 3 keisers

Young Story Tellers Away!

Another junior writer joins the story team. Welcome Holly!

Important stories look for the right people to tell them, according to Aborigine beliefs. In the meantime, we cannot stop practicing our skills. We must be ready to accept and speak our story when the magnificent day of revelation comes.

So here are our first brave story tellers! Young ones stepping out into the world of creative writing, so that they too, can learn to recognize their own voices in this big world.

Meet Princess Carinde and Amy:




Well Done

We did it, it’s over! It’s holiday! It’s such a rollercoaster ride of emotions to walk in town this time of year. The excitement of schools closing, hundreds (probably thousands) of holiday makers descending, and everything finally coming to an exhausted, well deserved end. That is the up-side.

The down side, of course, is not knowing if you’ll be able to pick up again in 2016 where you left off in 2015. Eish. And just when you want to get too crazy nautious from the dip, you read an article like this and remember that there is always, always hope:


Enjoy the break!

PS: 2016, we’ll be ready and waiting, strapped in for another awesome ride.