"I’m again exploring the poetic voice the Alfred Fagon Award applauded."
Linda Brogan, winner 2001
  
  
Supported by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation
Assata Taught Me by Kalungi Ssebandeke

Assata Taught Me by Kalungi Ssebandeke

Fanuco doesn’t know he’s taking English lessons from the FBI’s most wanted woman.

She is the only American he knows, and he’s a Cuban teenager desperate to live the American Dream. When will he realise his mentor is Assata Shakur, a former Black Panther, a convicted felon and has a million dollars on her head? The world premiere of Ssebandeke’s gripping and tense play explores the black struggle across generations and genders.

The story of an imagined friendship.

Cast and creatives

Adjoa Andoh – Perfomer – Omeros, by Derek Walcott (Offies nominated Best Female)
Kenneth Omole – Fanuco

Writer Kalungi Ssebandeke
Director – Future Kitchen Lynette Linton
Assistant Director Milli Bhatia
Designer Frankie Bradshaw (Offies nominated Best Set Designer)
Production Manager Heather Doole
Movement and Fight Director Yarit Dor
Sound Designer Richard Hammarton
Production Electrician Sam House
Deputy Stage Manager Anna Sheard
Design Assistant Jamie Simmons
Vocal Coach Joel Trill
Lighting Designer Jack Weir

Picture credit: Kwaku Kyei and the Gate Theatre

4th May 2017 – 2nd June 2017 Gate Theatre

Play commissioned by Gate Theatre supporting Kalungi Ssebandeke

Reviews

The Guardian

What’s On Stage

The Stage

Time Out London

Evening Standard

Theatre Bubble

Play text from Oberon Books