The Calf With No Name - Schools Tour

3 Sep 2014





A play by Clinton Marius




Featuring large and beautiful African puppets, this heart-warming story about a young Zulu boy, Sbu, and Nguni cattle teaches youngsters about honesty, taking responsibility for one’s actions, and doing the right thing.




A young Zulu boy learns about traditional Zulu culture and the importance that is placed on Nguni cattle. His blind grandfather tells  him how cattle are named, and in the process the boy discovers that white cattle are regarded as so special that only the King is entitled to keep them.


Sbu falls in love with a newly-born calf, but to his dismay he realises the calf is white and will have to be given up to the King. Reluctant to part with his new love, he disguises the calf’s colour from his grandparents. When they finally discover his deception, they inform him that the only way he can make right this terrible wrong is to take the calf to the King himself, and to ask for forgiveness for his dishonesty. He sets out for the King’s residence in kwaNongoma with the calf.


What ensues is a journey filled with ups and downs that will teach him the life lessons he needs to learn in order to become an upright, responsible and honest person..


Cast Variations


Option A

6 Hander – This version is performed using hand-made African puppets and cattle. The show has appeal young audiences. This version is available in English and isiZulu.


Option B

2 Hander – This option is performed as a live reading, with the actors taking on various roles. It is ideal for smaller audiences and for those who would like the production, but cannot accommodate the full version.




55 Minutes


Projected Schools Tour Dates


Bookings for this production is open all year, subject to cast availability.



Audience Profile


This production is ideally suited, but not limited, to Grade 8 pupils taking English as a second language. The Calf With No Name is part of the recommended reader for CAPS Grade 8 First Additional Language Platinum Reader published through Maskew Millar Longman from 2014.


The story’s target primary school learners.  The play is available in both English and iziZulu.


Subjects Covered


  • English First Language

  • English First Additional Language

  • Arts and Culture

  • Life Skills




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Booking Details


For more information or to book contact:


Copy Dog Productions

Riaan Timson

082 696 3507

031 309 8738 /

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