After Independence at the Arcola Theatre in Dalston


Papatango presents the world première of After Independence, written by May Sumbwanyambe which will run at the Arcola Theatre in Dalston, east London, from 4 to 28 May 2016 with an official opening on 6 May 2016.

"Africa is changing. Country by country, step by step. But for Guy and Kathleen, life on their ranch goes on, just as it has since their ancestors first claimed this land. Until a man from the new government arrives with a smile and a purchase order – but there's more than just land at stake. Charles will do whatever it takes to restore the farm to the 'native' population."

Directed by George Turvey, it features designs by Max Dorey, lighting by Christopher Nairns and sound by Richard Hammarton.

Inspired by real events in Zimbabwe, this production is May Sumbwanyambe's first play. He was chosen from 220 anonymous applicants to be Papatango’s first Resident Playwright supported by the BBC.

Papatango is a charity, without core funding, which discovers and champions talented new playwrights by running open application schemes and opportunities, all free to enter and assessed anonymously.

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