mandla rae – as british as a watermelon


  • Touring windowAutumn 2021 & Spring 2022
  • 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.
  • Categories

Saturday 23 October – Wednesday 27 October

as british as a watermelon is a messy sensory experience.

Black Gold Arts Festival and Contact, present the live world premiere of mandla rae’s ‘as british as a watermelon’

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

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 asylum and migration memories, as british as a watermelon asks questions about belonging, trauma and forgiveness.

Told through an unflinching autofiction narrative weaving poetry and storytelling; set within a chaotically colourful, sensory performance space; you are invited to watch as mandla rises from the dead to reclaim a previously misplaced power.

Tickets Black Gold Arts Festival 2021.

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

Related Works.

Loading

Family Vogue Ball

Family Vogue Ball

Chanje Kunda – Kintsugi Gold

Chanje Kunda – Kintsugi Gold

David Hoyle – A Grand Auction of My Life

David Hoyle – A Grand Auction of My Life

CHERYL MARTIN – ONE WOMAN (digital)

CHERYL MARTIN – ONE WOMAN (digital)

David Hoyle – Ten Commandments

David Hoyle – Ten Commandments

Chanje Kunda – Plant Fetish

Chanje Kunda – Plant Fetish

Cheryl Martin – One Woman

Cheryl Martin – One Woman

Liz Richardson – SWIM

Liz Richardson – SWIM

Darren Pritchard Dance – Rent Party

Darren Pritchard Dance – Rent Party

David Hoyle – Diamond

David Hoyle – Diamond

CHAD TAYLOR – Persistence

CHAD TAYLOR – Persistence

BGAF 2017 – Nuclear

BGAF 2017 – Nuclear

Cheryl Martin – Who Wants to Live Forever?

Cheryl Martin – Who Wants to Live Forever?

SPRING REIGN – A story from the Syrian conflict

SPRING REIGN – A story from the Syrian conflict

Debs Gatenby – A Place Called Happiness

Debs Gatenby – A Place Called Happiness

Imani Jendai – SpeechLess

Imani Jendai – SpeechLess

Yvonne Shelton – Testimony

Yvonne Shelton – Testimony

Black Gold Arts Festival

Black Gold Arts Festival

Rachel Goodyear – Blindspots

Rachel Goodyear – Blindspots

Jackie Hagan – Some People Have Too Many Legs

Jackie Hagan – Some People Have Too Many Legs

Cheryl Martin – Alaska

Cheryl Martin – Alaska

Louise Wallwein – Glue

Louise Wallwein – Glue

Debs Gatenby – Hi, Anxiety

Debs Gatenby – Hi, Anxiety

David Hoyle, Bourgeois and Maurice, Gerry Potter Poet

David Hoyle, Bourgeois and Maurice, Gerry Potter Poet
Loading