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A Man of Good Hope

Isango Ensemble

Award-winning South African theatre company Isango Ensemble tell the true story of a young refugee’s journey through Africa, based on the book by Jonny Steinberg.

Most recent performance

There are currently no scheduled performances of A Man of Good Hope. It was last on stage 6 October—12 November 2016 as part of the Autumn 2016/17 season.

Background

A Man of Good Hope is the latest work from award-winning South African theatre company Isango Ensemble. Isango 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 don’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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