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
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.”
“★★★★ A debut of astonishing maturity…a rare discovery”
“★★★★ A strong debut…Passionate performances”
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“Highly intelligent and thoughtful…A writer of terrific potential.”
“A beautiful production of a promising debut”
“Real eloquence and even-handedness…an insightful account of an impossible situation.”
“A promising first play”
“Director George Turvey’s skill in marshalling four strong performances”
“Sparks of genius.”
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“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.”