Southern Africa Tour Now Booking
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.
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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.
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.
Miranda - Cassandra Hercules
Ariel - Robert Magasa and Joshua Bhima
Caliban - Stanley Malizani Mambo
Ferdinand - Reice Weathers
Trinculo - Victoria Jeffrey
Stephano - Benedict Martin (UK Tour)
Producer for Bilimankhwe (UK tour) - Jemma Gross
Designer - Hazel Albarn
Sound Design & Music - Frederick Rich
Music - Ben Mankhamba
Translations by Chisomo 'Nyamalikiti Nthiwatiwa' Mdalla
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.