Saturday, October 12, 2019
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Isango Ensemble, in co-production with the Young Vic
and in association with the Royal Opera, Repons Foundation, X and Y
based on the book by Jonny Steinberg | directed by Mark Dornford-May
Following unanimous acclaim in New York, London, and countless other cities across the world, this magnificent music-driven production—based on the book by Jonny Steinberg—tells the true coming-of-age story of Asad Abdullahi, a young Somali refugee who fled his country’s civil war, only to find himself in a new violent reality in South Africa. Chronicling one man’s life as it crisscrosses some of the world’s most charged contemporary issues—human trafficking, migration, poverty and xenophobia—this modern African odyssey is rich with fresh insights into resilience and survival, and leavened by humor. Olivier Award-winning, Cape Town-based Isango Ensemble’s performances thrill with their raw honesty and power, but it is the production’s glorious, incomparable music (part opera, part-musical) that will make your pulse race and your heart swell.
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