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
Play text from Oberon Books