She is the only American he knows, and he’s a Cuban teenager desperate to live the American Dream. When will he realise his mentor is Assata Shakur, a former Black Panther, a convicted felon and has a million dollars on her head? The world premiere of Ssebandeke’s gripping and tense play explores the black struggle across generations and genders.
The story of an imagined friendship.
Lynette Linton’s sharp production finds all its power, crafting an affecting insight into Assata’s struggle to keep going when her fight’s all but over.
The performances are galvanising, with newcomer Omole delicious as Fanuco, and Andoh investing real grace and power in a woman who refuses to accept defeat.
Debutant Kenneth Omole combines Fanuco's heart with his hot-headed swagger, and Andoh is absolutely captivating at all times, utterly unpredictable and entirely inscrutable.