Most recent performance
There are currently no scheduled performances of A Man of Good Hope. It was last on stage 16 April—4 May 2019 as part of the Spring 2018/19 season.
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.
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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.