Vakomana Vaviri ve Zimbabwe

Vakomana Vaviri ve Zimbabwe

From Verona to Milan, via Harare and Bulawayo, Vakomana Vaviri Ve Zimbabwe takes one of Shakespeare’s earliest comedies and transforms it into a two-man Zimbabwean riot of love, friendship and betrayal.

In a broad, loud, triumphantly energetic ‘township’ style the two actors slip into all of the play’s fifteen characters, from amorous suitors to sullen daughters, depressed servants and even a dog!

Performed by Zimbabwean actors Denton Chikura and Tonderai Munyevu, one of Shakespeare’s most well-loved plays resonates with the Zimbabwean Experience.

Two Gents Productions and Oval House Theatre present
Vakomana Vaviri ve Zimbabwe or Two Gentlemen of Verona
By William Shakespeare
With Denton Chikura and Tonderai Munyevu
Directed by Arne Pohlmeier
Designed by Alison Drewitt

at Oval House Theatre, London
18 November – 13 December 2008
Press Night – 20 November 8pm

This Zimbabwean take on Shakespeare’s earliest comedy features Tonderai Munyevu and Denton Chikura, most recently seen at Oval House Theatre in Gillian Plowman’s Yours Abundantly, From Zimbabwe. Drawing on their experience as Zimbabwean exiles in London, the two performers bring a powerful urban Zimbabwean feel to this classic comedy.
Director Arne Pohlmeier makes his London debut with this production, having recently worked in South Africa on such productions as Much Ado About Nothing (Civic Theatre, Johnnesburg), The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Actors Centre, Johannesburg), and the Fleur du Cap Award Winning Beethoven, in Raptus (Artscape, Cape Town).
As founding members of Two Gents Productions, the two actors and director are determined to bring a distinctly cross culturual feel to many a production, Shakespeare and beyond, drawing on their own experiences of migration, incorporating elements of South African Protest Theatre and a passion for theatre craft.

ENDS

LISTINGS INFORMATION

Venue: Oval House Theatre,
52-54 Kennington Oval, London, SE11 5SW

Nearest Tube: Oval (Northern Line) or Vauxhall (British Rail Mainline and Victoria Line)

Dates and Times: 18 November – 13 December
Tuesday – Saturday at 8pm
Saturday matinee – 6 December at 3pm

Tickets: £12 / £6 concessions
PREVIEWS Tues 18 Nov and Weds 19 Nov: all tickets £6
Box Office: 020 7582 7680
Book Online: www.ovalhouse.com

Special Events
Saturday 22nd November: Zimbabwe Fest with Zimbabwean food and music

Post Show Discussions
Friday 21st November: Audience Q & A with the creative team
Tuesday 25th November: African Shakespeare? A post-show debate

BSL Performance: Thursday 9th December with Jacqui Beckford
Audio described performance: Tuesday 2nd December with Laura Caroline Benson and Tony Mcbride

Region: All
Start Date: 18/11/2008
End Date: 13/12/2008
Start Time: 20.00
Venue: Oval House Theatre
Venue Address: 52-54 Kennington Oval, London
Website: http://www.ovalhouse.com
Press Tickets: Available
Sponsorship: Not Available
 
Press Tickets:
Name: Debbie Vannozzi
Phone: 020 7582 0080