After Independence


DATE:
4th – 28th May 2016

VENUE:
Arcola Theatre

SERVICES PROVIDED:
Production Management
Set Build
Crew

PRODUCTION MANAGER:
Ian Taylor

WRITER:
May Sumbwanyambe

DIRECTOR:
George Turvey

DESIGNER:
Max Dorey

LIGHTING DESIGNER:
Christopher Nairne

Africa is changing. Country by country, step by step. But for Guy and Kathleen, life on their ranch goes on, just as it has since their ancestors first claimed this land. Until a man from the new government arrives with a smile and a purchase order – but there’s more than just land at stake. Charles will do whatever it takes to restore the farm to the ‘native’ population.

A game of cat and mouse, claim and counter-claim, begins, with the heritage of an entire nation to play for. As truths are revealed and moralities questioned, are things ever more than simply black and white?

Inspired by real events in Zimbabwe, May Sumbwanyambe‘s first play is an unflinching examination of land ownership, dispossession and justice in a post-colonial world.

May, 29, was born in Edinburgh a year after his parents emigrated to the U.K. from Zambia. Their family is split across Zambia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. May’s grandfather was an elected Mayor in Zambia and an early advocate for the independence of all African nations. His father was in the government of the first post-independence President of Zambia.

“A beautiful production of a promising debut” —The Stage

“Hugely impressive” —The Spectator