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.
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.
News and features
14 October 2016
The new Royal Opera co-production with the Young Vic and the Isango Ensemble tells the story of a young refugee’s journey through Africa.
5 October 2016
Our quick introduction to the South African theatre company’s story of an African migrant’s indomitable hope, told through music, theatre and dance.