mandla rae – as british as a watermelon


  • Touring window2022-23
  • CreditsSupported by Contact, Arts Council England, GM LGBTQ Arts and Culture Network Bursary, The Lowry’s Untitled Residency 2020. Commissioned by Contact and Hope Mill Theatre’s Turn on Fest 2020.
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as british as a watermelon is a messy sensory experience.

Tues – Fri 26 Aug 2022, Edinburgh International Festival 7:30pm
Thu 21 July, Sheffield Theatres 8:00pm
Mon 23 May, Bristol Old Vic, Mayfest 7:30pm
Sat 28 May, Disrupt Festival, Cambridge Junction 6:00pm
Sat 23 – 27 Oct 2021, Contact, Manchester  7.30pm

“My name is mandla.
It means power.
I gave it to myself.”

Zimbabwean writer and performer mandla rae has a selective memory and is scrambling to piece together a life mostly forgotten in the name of survival. Through the exploration of mandla’s fragmented LGBTQ asylum and childhood migration memories, as british as a watermelon asks powerful questions about belonging, trauma and forgiveness.

Told through an unflinching narrative, weaving poetry and storytelling together with destruction and colourful chaos, you are invited to join mandla’s rise from the dead and reclamation of misplaced power.

  • Produced by Switchflicker Productions/Jayne Compton
  • Visual Collaborator Graham Clayton-Chance
  • Creative Advisors Sonia Hughes and Jo Fong
  • Sound Designer Xana
  • Costume John Krausa
  • Director of Photography Benjamin Liddell
  • Set Designer Michael Hankin
  • Production Manager Phil Buckley

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