STORY TRAIN 2021: Gcebile Dlamini

iStimela Sendaba welcomes Gcebile Dlamini to tell the tale of ‘The Storytelling Stone’.
Where do you think stories first came from? This story shares one version of the story about stories, as told by the Seneca people about a man who hears a stone speak to him about stories.

The story train is all about passing on the wonderful African tradition of storytelling and bringing it into the modern day – stories feed our curiosity and imaginations, develop a love of learning, and connect us to others. Aimed at children aged 4-10, each session explores a new story told by a vibrant and energetic storyteller. Being in the zoom room will give you the opportunity to enjoy the story with others, and have some creative fun together. Get on the train daily with Tsholofelo Shounyane, our resident train conductor, and her friend, Nonki.

  • Ticket Price: R0.00
  • Genre: Family
  • Duration (minutes): 30mins
  • Ages: Ages 3 - 10
  • Release Date: July 27, 2021 00:01 - July 27, 2021 23:59



This project is brought to you by ASSITEJ SA and Play Africa. The funding for this collaboration is made possible through the National Arts Council (NAC) PESP fund, the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture and Rand Merchant Bank.

Storyteller: Gcebile Dlamini

Project Managers: Yusrah Bardien, Pauline Hansen

Iekraam Adams, Siphumeze Khundayi, Sanele Moya, Jessica Denyschen, Matthew Griffiths, Renaldo Kell.
Tshireletso Media: Tshepiso Motlhagodi and Tumisang Kokonyane

Educational Materials: Yvette Hardie, Alison Green, Ann Simmonds


Dlamini is a social activist through theatre directing, writing, motivational speaking and an actress, born in the mountainous valleys of Swaziland. As a young girl she was exposed to ballroom dance and musical instruments which motivated her to become an actress. In 2014 – 2015, she obtained an Honours Degree in Applied Drama and Theatre under the Drama for Life division at The University of Witwatersrand. Prior to this qualification, she had completed her B-Tech Degree in Drama at the Tshwane University of Technology in 2011. Her first tertiary qualification was a Diploma in Drama which she studied at The Durban University of Technology from 2008–2010. During her studies, she was drawn to Directing and Community work resulting in her developing interest in Community Theatre. In her Honours year, she was awarded the Dr. John Kani Theatre for Social Change Award and has completed once again in 2019 – 2021 with the University of Witwatersrand for her Masters in Creative Research under Drama for Life. She has also been an external examiner at the University of Witwatersrand for Applied theatre studies and Tshwane University of Technology for Physical Theatre. Some productions directed and written by her includes Nomzamo (Naledi award winning Production for Best Community Theatre 2013), Isaro (Ovation Award at the Grahamstown Arts Festival 2013 -2017), I still ask myself why (2012), My silence is talkative (2015), Dzeliwe) (2014), Mzilikazi KaMshobane (2013), Tshimbila Rantsula (2015 – 2016), young@home (2017), Thwala (2017) etc In My Mother’s womb (2018).