The Epic Adventure of Nhamo the Manyika Warrior and his Sexy Wife Chipo

Off-West End

Comedy

Various venues

Until Fri Jun 13

  • © Richard Davenport

    'The Epic Adventure of Nhamo the Manyika Warrioir and his Sexy Wife Chipo'

  • © Richard Davenport

    'The Epic Adventure of Nhamo the Manyika Warrioir and his Sexy Wife Chipo'

  • © Richard Davenport

    'The Epic Adventure of Nhamo the Manyika Warrioir and his Sexy Wife Chipo'

  • © Richard Davenport

    'The Epic Adventure of Nhamo the Manyika Warrioir and his Sexy Wife Chipo'

© Richard Davenport

'The Epic Adventure of Nhamo the Manyika Warrioir and his Sexy Wife Chipo'

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Kate Stafford

I was really looking forward to this show, as I have loved Denton's work as an actor and theatre maker (most notably in Two Gentlemen of Verona which played last year at The Globe) and worked with him during the research and development of Jack Mapanje's new play. Also this was to be the directing debut of Lucian Msamati, Artistic Director of Tiata Fahodzi and one of my favourite actors. So it was with some trepidation that I approached the theatre ... I so wanted it to be good. As this was the press night, I would see both Denton and Lucian there, and I am a bad liar, terrible at the 'darling you were wonderful' platitudes required when something is less that great. Luckily, this was a fabulous evening. I haven't laughed so much in ages, and in spite of being seated right at the top looking down at the stage, I had a really brilliant time. While the ensemble of four actors worked beautifully and they were all splendid, Nyasha Hatendi as Commander Specimen still managed to steal the show with a perfectly timed comic performance which was truly masterful. The rest of the ensemble, Don Gillet, Ery Nzaramba and Tanya Fear also had their moments of brilliance and the lovely simple set by Ben Stones was beautifully lit by Paul Keogan. This was a really successful intercultural show - with a cast drawn from Africa (Rwanda and Zimbabwe) and Britain, a Zimbabwean/British writer, a Zambian/British director and an Irish Designer, it was truly global and made full use of the opportunity to draw from differing cultures. Western cultural references jostled with Zimbabwean goatherd jokes, and on the press night the diverse audience at the Tricycle joined in enthusiastically when given the opportunity to 'ooh' and 'ahh' at the outrageous performances. This was an upfront, over-the-top celebration of humanity: I laughed my socks off. Don't whatever you do miss it!

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