A Man of Good Hope

A Man of Good Hope

Royal Opera House · 16 APR - 04 MAY

Eight-year-old Asad is a Somalian refugee whose mother was murdered in front of him. Now living in Ethiopia, he has a brilliant head for business and he goes in search of new opportunities abroad.

Overview

Award-winning South African theatre company Isango Ensemble has won worldwide acclaim for vibrant productions that reimagine the classics in inventive new contexts. Previous productions include U-Carmen eKhayelitsha, The Magic Flute – Impempe Yomlingo and A Christmas Carol – Ikrismas Kherol. For A Man of Good Hope they turn to the true story of a Somali refugee’s journey through Africa, as told in Jonny Steinberg’s 2015 book.

Asad Abdullahi was eight years old when his mother was murdered in front of him. He fled war-torn Mogadishu and journeyed through Africa in search of a better life, eventually finding his way to the outskirts of Johannesburg – but his troubles didn't stop there.

Isango re-creates Asad’s journey through a colourful score drawn from music of different African traditions; its cast of artists, from different stages in their careers, tell his story of unfailing hope in the face of incredible odds.

Date & time

Opening 16 Apr
Tue 16 Apr - Sat 4 May, 2.30pm & 7.45pm* *Selected dates.

Venue

Royal Opera House
Bow St, London WC2E 9DD London, UK · Get Directions

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