Written by Tonderai Munyevu
Performed by Sibusiso Mamba and Tonderai Munyevu
Two best friends, from Balaika, Africa, appear in London looking for Shakespeare. Having passed through fire to get there they want to tell him their stories. Shakespeare is gone but his arbiters swoop them up, setting them down them on stage at Shakespeare’s Globe in front of an expectant audience. Fame, fortune and the love of two smitten young actresses await. But can they survive the hostile environment? Will their real truths be revealed?
In triumphantly energetic ‘township’ style, two actors play men, women and immigration police in this story of love, friendship, and ambition. Energetic and bare-boned, this South African inspired style of theatre, offers a platform to migrant and mixed heritage theatre makers, drawing the audience into the action, creating a vibrant, engaging theatre experience not to be missed.
Director/Producer Arne Pohlmeier
One performance at 7.30pm. Box office opens Monday 8th October
Intercultural Shakespeare Discussion Forum
The performance will be complemented by a day-time academic and public Discussion Forum on interculturalism, theatre and performance. The event will be led by Dr Anne Sophie Refskou, GSA Lecturer in Theatre and Performance, as a collaboration between the Centre for Performance Philosophy, directed by Dr Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca, and the Surrey Shakespeare Centre, directed by Professor Robert Shaughnessy, as part of the ‘Performance Philosophy and Intercultural Dialogue’ series. It will include a Q&A with Two Gents Productions on the current state of intercultural and global Shakespeare within Britain, exploring questions related to diaspora, ‘foreignness’ and cultural identity, followed by an interactive conversation with leading scholars and practitioners on the relationship between interculturalism, philosophy and performance in a wider sense. For full details visit gsauk.org/events from 8th October