Southern Africa Tour Now Booking

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Following a successful tour of the UK in late 2017, The Tempest is now available for touring in Southern Africa in collaboration with Mwezi Arts and Nanzikambe Arts (Malawi). For information on booking the show, and to discuss available dates, performance fees and  technical requirements, please contact: 

in Autumn 2017 The Tempest opened at Greenwich Theatre and then toured to a further 15 diverse venues throughout England. We performed at a skate park in Newcastle and a bar in Tottenham as well as more traditional venues including Doncaster Cast and Birmingham MAC. 

What the critics thought:

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Mwezi Arts & Nanzikambe Arts 

SOUTHERN AFRICA TOUR PRODUCING PARTNERS

Bilimankhkwe is working in partnership with Mwezi Arts and Nanzikambe Arts to make the Southern Africa tour a reality. 

Mwezi Arts is based at the Madsoc Theatre in Lilongwe, Malawi, where they operate a year round combined arts programme of theatre, music, fillm and poetry, hosting both local artists and  international companies from the UK and Germany.

 

For more about Mwezi Arts, click here

Nanzikambe has been active in Malawi since 2003 and is developing a new performance space in Blantyre. Over the years they have hosted international theatre companies, and toured throughout Malawi, Zimbawe, Zambia, South Africa, UK and Germany. They also presented an international festival at their home in Blantyre for several years. 

the company

Prospero - Muthi Nhlema / Christopher Brand (UK tour)

Miranda - Cassandra Hercules

Ariel - Robert Magasa and Joshua Bhima

Caliban - Stanley Malizani Mambo

Ferdinand - Reice Weathers

Trinculo - Victoria Jeffrey

Stephano - Benedict Martin (UK Tour)

Director - Kate Stafford

Producer for Bilimankhwe (UK tour)  - Jemma Gross

Designer - Hazel Albarn

Lighting Designer - Charlie Morgan Jones

Sound Design & Music - Frederick Rich

Music - Ben Mankhamba

Choreographer - Shyne Phiri

Translations by Chisomo 'Nyamalikiti Nthiwatiwa' Mdalla

audience reaction:

London Live interview with

Reice Weathers and Joshua bhima

Creating The Tempest

by kate stafford, director

Mzuzu, April 2016. It is late evening, and I am sitting in the dark on the khonde [covered verandah] of one of the guest houses at the University of Mzuzu in Northern Malawi. After a long flight and a four hour drive from Malawi’s capital city Lilongwe, designer Hazel Albarn and I arrived to find that the area has been plunged into darkness by one of the regular power cuts, and no-one has the key to the guest house. 

This was Hazel’s introduction to Malawi, the start of a trip which included a visit to a Sangoma [traditional healer or witch doctor], a meeting with an eccentric Belgian Catholic priest who knows more about the history of Malawian culture than anyone I’ve ever met, watching traditonal dance, being kept awake by dance music when we found ourselves staying in a lodge next door to a beach festival,  and when lost along dirt tracks in the bush, stumbling across the Gule wa Mkulu masked dancers brandishing panga knives [machetes] during the time of the Nyau initiation.  

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