The true story of a young refugee’s journey through Africa told through music, singing and dance, based on the book by Jonny Steinberg.
Eight-year-old Asad is a Somalian refugee whose mother was murdered in front of him. Now living in Ethiopia, he has a brilliant head for business and he goes in search of new opportunities abroad.
He embarks on an epic journey to South Africa, hoping to find a promised land. But as he arrives horrific xenophobic violence ruptures society, sending the country and plans into chaos.
Award-winning South African theatre company Isango Ensemble has won worldwide acclaim for vibrant productions that reimagine the classics in inventive new contexts. Previous productions include U-Carmen eKhayelitsha, The Magic Flute – Impempe Yomlingo and A Christmas Carol – Ikrismas Kherol. For A Man of Good Hope they turn to the true story of a Somali refugee’s journey through Africa, as told in Jonny Steinberg’s 2015 book.
Asad Abdullahi was eight years old when his mother was murdered in front of him. He fled war-torn Mogadishu and journeyed through Africa in search of a better life, eventually finding his way to the outskirts of Johannesburg – but his troubles didn't stop there.
Isango re-creates Asad’s journey through a colourful score drawn from music of different African traditions; its cast of artists, from different stages in their careers, tell his story of unfailing hope in the face of incredible odds.
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A Man of Good Hope (2016-10-Young Vic-London)Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Young Vic Theatre (Londres - Angleterre) Salle : Main StageDurée : 1 mois 1 semaine Nombre : Première Preview : jeudi 06 octobre 2016Première : jeudi 06 octobre 2016Dernière : samedi 12 novembre 2016Mise en scène : Mark Dornford-May • Chorégraphie : Producteur : Avec : Noluthando Boqwana, Thobile Dyasi, Ayanda Eleki, Thandokazi Fumba, Zamile Gantana, Siphosethu Juta, Nontsusa Louw, Sifiso Lupuzi, Pauline Malefane, Phielo Makitle, Zanele Mbatha, Katlego Mmusi, Zoleka Mpotsha, Siyanda Ncobo, Cikizwa Ndamase, Busisiwe Ngejane, Sonwabo Ntshata, Luvo Rasemeni, Khanya Sakube, Sindiswa Sityata, Tshepo Skosana, Masakane Sotayisi, Luvo Tamba, Ayanda TikoloCommentaires : The critically-acclaimed South African Isango Ensemble return to the Young Vic after the Olivier Award-winning The Magic Flute. This adaptation of Jonny Steinberg’s riveting book is told through roof-lifting songs and dance accompanied on the marimba.
A collaboration with the Royal Opera House.Presse : ★★★★★ “Bursting with life, this is a full-blooded hymn to hope” Daily Mail
★★★★ “Isango Ensemble’s musical has marvellous songs and breathtaking acting” The Observer
★★★★ “A terrific slice of musical theatre - this fiercely topical show is a real treat” Mail on Sunday
★★★★ "Glorious, vibrant musical theatre that speaks to the biggest concern of our age" Financial Times
★★★★ “An extraordinary, magical piece of theatre – all politicians should go” The Times
★★★★ "Exhilarating and inspired - I urge everyone to see this show" The Guardian
★★★★ "Heartbreaking, with dynamic choreography and beautiful music" Time Out
★★★★ "A gorgeous score that bubbles with life - profoundly stirring" The Independent
★★★★ "Powerful and vivid, Asad's story unfolds in joyous ensemble singing" Evening Standard
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