‘Namíbia, Não!’: a Brazilian play on British stage

Brasil Observer - Jun 14 2016

(Leia em Português)


Namíbia, Não! UK is the English production of a comedy that explores the plight of two black Brazilians following a sudden government decree that all African descendants are to be repatriated to the land of their ancestors, their reaction and its consequences. This is an award winning piece of contemporary drama that will question our preconceived ideas about post-colonialism and our own sense of belonging somewhere.

Namíbia, Não! UK exposes British audiences to the work of contemporary cutting-edge Brazilian playwright Aldri Anunciação, thus strengthening the collaborations between Brazilian and British theatre. Prof. Catherine Boyle mentors the translation process and Xavier Roide, known for his work with Placebo and his classic renditions of the work of Tribalhistas and Secos e Molhados is a guest composer and sound designer. The project counts with the support of Franko Figueiredo, co-founder of StoneCrabs Theatre Company, as creative producer. The cast comprises of Femi Oyeniran, famous for his role of Moony in the films Kidulthood and Adulthood by Noel Clarke, and Anyebe Godwin, most recently seen on ITV’s show Autopsy: Last Hours of Notorious B.I.G Sean Smith.

Director and translator Almiro Andrade leads the four week development process, in order to bring Anunciação’s script to the British stage with scratch performance taking place at the Soho Theatre Upstairs. Almiro is currently developing his PhD research – Brazilianism: Translation and Adaptation of Contemporary Brazilian Drama through Devised Performance – at King’s College London. He’s also taken an active part in several productions in the UK, working as an actor, a writer/director, most recently as a dramaturge for Franko Figueiredo’s Tieta in 2015.

When: 22 and 29 June, 7pm and 4pm, respectively

Where: King’s College London (23/6) and Soho Theatre Upstairs (29/6)

Entrance: Pay what you can event (book here)