The Convert

The Convert

3 no. saves icon · Fringe Theatre, Contemporary

Western cultural impositions and Ancient African traditions make strange bedfellows. Never sleeping with both eyes shut for fear the other will strike.


It’s 1896 in Rhodesia and Jekesai has just been given her new, Catholic name. Chilford, the only black Roman Catholic teacher in the region, has decided she’ll now be known as Ester, wear European clothing and speak only in English. She’s torn away from everything that she knows by her fellow African who earnestly believes the promises of the White man.

From Tony-nominated writer Danai Gurira (Eclipsed), The Convert is a compelling exploration of a pivotal moment in history, when resisting the invading Western culture could mean death.

This production runs for approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes, including a 15 minute interval. There will be some nudity and smoking in this production.

Critic reviews

Christopher Haydon ends his Gate reign on a high note


Christopher Haydon's production, his last as the Gate's artistic director, exerts a quiet power as it starts to grip


You're left a bit breathless, a bit startled, a bit in awe at how one play can hold so many contradictions in balance.

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Date & time

Show ended
Until Sat 11 Feb, 7.30pm & 3pm


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