Inkonjane – The Lightning Bird

A 45 minute interactive theatre performance for Key Stage 2, accompanied by a 50 minute drama workshop and 25 minute Meet The Makers film.


This celebratory tale of exploration, resilience and hope follows Jenna’s search for the Swallow that usually roosts outside her bedroom window in summer… but one spring her swallow doesn’t arrive! With the help of Nolwazi a South African librarian, Jenna goes on a journey of discovery, following the swallow’s migration through grasslands, mountains, cities, rainforests, rivers, seas and even as far as the moon, finding out what the swallow means to people in South Africa and Europe.

Incorporating myths, stories and folklore from both continents and a variety of theatrical techniques including puppetry, shadows, storytelling, music and song, Inkonjane invites children to become part of the story through physical and vocal interaction. A powerful African voice is provided throughout the score, created by renowned South African musician Eugene Skeef and Zanele Ndlovu who features on the soundtrack in both English and isiZulu.


Aimed at ages 7 - 11 (Key Stage 2)

Who is the workshop aimed at

Schools and youth groups

Benfit to Schools

An opportunity to experience several theatrical art forms through a performance, workshop and film which explore themes of migration and resilience. Inkonjane creates opportunities for children to interact and engage with challenges to inspire creative thinking.

Benefit to Children/Young People

Children can experience the wonder of live theatre and enjoy an immersive and imaginative experience after an extended period of isolation.

Testimonials from Schools

“Inkonjane was a fantastic opportunity for the children to watch a live performance and participate. With the Meet the Makers film they met the international artists, the countries they came from and were introduced to the idea that there were other people behind the production.” - Teacher, Denby First School


“After a long period with very little enrichment in school due to the pandemic, this was a really positive event. The production was just the right length of time and the workshops were the icing on the cake!” - Head Teacher, Scholes J&I


How  the Programme Delivered

In school, face to face. Meet the Makers film delivered digitally.



Time Required

1 day

How do I apply?

Email Lisa Difford at lisadifford@fettleandfable.com 

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