Elephant of Africa

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Elephant of Africa is an ecological play by Nicholas Ellenbogen and Theatre for Africa.

The original text

Conceptualised by Nicholas Ellenbogen and imprivised by him with the cast, to utilize mime, mimetic sounds, dance, songs, storytelling and minimalist techniques to address the extinction of the elephant and other animals. The piece was first performed in 199, then toured the country. Toured abroad before playing at the Wits Theatre and the National Arts Festival in October 1992.

Translations and adaptations

Translated into Afrikaans as Olifant van Hartseer by Maulise Kotzé and published by Theatre for Africa in Horing van Hartseer en Olifant van Afrika, a collection compiled for Western Cape schools, edited with notes by Anina Joubert.

Performance history in South Africa

1992: Performed at the Wits Amphitheatre, directed by Nicholas Ellenbogen and Craig Freimond. Cast included: Phillipa de Villiers, Gideon de Wet, Rubdiego Dzwane, Nicholas Ellenbogen, Christopher Goetsch, Brendan Grealy, Thomas Hall, Macks Papo, Tex Teixeira, Bongani Zindela.


Elephant of Africa theatre programme, 1992.

Nicholas Ellenbogen. 2003. Horing van Hartseer en Olifant van Afrika, Theatre for Africa.

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