Here’s a rehearsal pic of some of the Isango Ensemble of some of the cast before the performance began for A Man Of Good Hope. I went on Saturday for the very last night at the Young Vic.
Isango Ensemble is a South African theatre company that draws its artists mainly from the townships surrounding Cape Town. It’s productions re-imagine classics from the Western theatre canon, finding a new context for the stories within a South African or township setting thereby creating inventive work relevant to the heritage of the nation.
As the Young Vic site says, A Man Of Good Hope is the true story of one refugee’s epic quest across Africa, brought to life with music from the world-renowned ensemble.
Asad is a young Somali refugee with a painful past, miraculously good luck and a brilliant head for business. After years in a refugee camp and then learning to hustle in the streets of Ethiopia, he sets off for the promised land of South Africa. But when he arrives, he discovers the violent reality of life in the townships – and his adventures really begin.
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. In collaboration with the Royal Opera.
The ensemble’s performance was powerful and moving, with stunning, soaring vocals and harmonies, fantastic acting, some great and bang up-to-date jokes about emigrating, and phenomenal dance – second to none. I felt very lucky to have caught the last performance. Please click here for a taste of the show
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