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A Man of Good Hope

Isango Ensemble
16 April—4 May 2019
Linbury Theatre

The true story of a young refugee’s journey through Africa told through music, singing and dance, based on the book by Jonny Steinberg.

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The Story

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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Background

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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