"I’m again exploring the poetic voice the Alfred Fagon Award applauded."
Linda Brogan, winner 2001
Supported by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation
After Independence by May Sumbwanyambe

After Independence by May Sumbwanyambe

A world premiere from the multi-award-winning Papatango.

Guy and Kathleen grow their crops, raise their daughter, and pay their taxes. But Africa is changing, country by country. White farmers in Zimbabwe must now answer for history’s crimes. When Charles arrives with a smile and a purchase order, there’s more than just land at stake. With violence threatening to erupt, he will do whatever it takes to restore their farm to the ‘native’ population.

As truths are revealed and moralities questioned, are things ever more than simply black and white?

Inspired by real events in Zimbabwe, BBC Scriptroom winner May Sumbwanyambe‘s debut play is an unflinching examination of land ownership, dispossession and justice in a postcolonial world.

Cast and creatives

Stefan Adegbola
Sandra Duncan
Peter Guinness
Beatriz Romilly

Director George Turvey
Designer Max Dorey
Lighting Christopher Nairne
Sound Richard Hammarton
Producer Chris Foxon

4-28 May, Arcola Theatre, London

“★★★★ May Sumbwanyambe’s notable debut play, presented by those remarkable unearthers of new talent, Papatango.”

Evening Standard

“★★★★ A debut of astonishing maturity…a rare discovery”

The Times

“★★★★ A strong debut…Passionate performances”

Plays To See

“★★★★ Beautifully crafted…Echoes of Chekhov”

Hackney Gazette

“Highly intelligent and thoughtful…A writer of terrific potential.”
Daily Telegraph

“A beautiful production of a promising debut”
The Stage

“Real eloquence and even-handedness…an insightful account of an impossible situation.”

“A promising first play”
The Guardian

“Director George Turvey’s skill in marshalling four strong performances”
Time Out

“Sparks of genius.”
Words of Color

“A gripping clash…Sumbwanyambe’s writing maintains a cracking pace…Plaudits to the Papatango Theatre Company for its role in finding the best and brightest new writing talent in the UK.”
One World

“Hugely impressive”
The Spectator