Next month the Globe to Globe Festival 2012 kicks off and will be hosting multiple shows throughout April running all the way into June. Bitter Pill Productions will present ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’ as one of the FABulous productions from Nairobi to London. This fantastic production will be performed in Swahili.
Wednesday 25 April 2.30pm
Thursday 26 April 7.30pm
An exuberant, urban and African take on Shakespeare’s comedy of failed courtship, Bitter Pill bring their version of The Merry Wives of Windsor from Nairobi to London. Full of laughter and fun, this production, celebrating the wit and independence of rural African women, first played at the Harare International Festival of Arts in Zimbabwe, before travelling north to engage with the sun-soaked joys of the Swahili language.
Bitter Pill is an award-winning theatre company working across Europe and Africa. The company is interested in making work that opens a window to a wider world. Projects in 2011 range from this production in Swahili on tour in the UK, to a new play based on real Zimbabwean stories which is touring across sub-Saharan Africa (Harare, Joburg, Windhoek and Gaberone).
Artistic Director Sarah Norman was born in Zimbabwe, where she was a founding member of the country’s first multi-racial theatre company, which has toured widely internationally. In the UK she has assisted directors including Chris Luscombe, Lyndsey Posner, Ian Talbot and Edward Kemp. Her directing work includes Mamet’s Duck Variations, the UK premiere of Wole Soyinka’s King Baabu, Alvaro Menen Desleal’s Black Light, 13 Grape Street, The Interview and Shaw’s O’Flaherty VC and The Geometry of Love.
Swahili or Kiswahili is a Bantu language spoken by various ethnic groups that inhabit several large stretches of the Indian Ocean coastline from northern Kenya to northern Mozambique, including the Comoros Islands. It is also spoken by ethnic minority groups in Mauritius, Oman, the Seychelles and Somalia. Although only five million people speak Swahili as their native language, the total number of speakers exceeds 100 million. It serves as a national, or official language, of four nations: Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Within much of East Africa, it is often used as a lingua franca. There are approximately 120,000 Kenyans living in the United Kingdom.
Start at just £5, and a series of multibuy schemes are in place, including the Yard Olympian which will allow you to see all 38productions for just £100. Full details can be found at the end of this release.
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