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Jonny Steinberg’s A Man of Good Hope adapted for the stage

Invitation to A Man of Good Hope

A Man of Good HopeDon’t miss A Man of Good Hope, a new musical piece based on the book by Jonny Steinberg.

The show is adapted by Isango Ensemble, and directed by Mark Dornford-May.

A Man of Good Hope is the story of a person shorn of the things we have come to believe make us human – personal possessions, parents, siblings. And yet Asad’s is an intensely human life, one suffused with dreams and desires and a need to leave something permanent on this earth.

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A Man of Good Hope
Based on the book by Jonny Steinberg
Adapted by Isango Ensemble, directed by Mark Dornford-May

The Young Vic is teaming up with the Royal Opera House and Isango Ensemble for a musical inspired by one refugee’s true story.

Based on Jonny Steinberg’s book, the musical piece follows a young Somalian refugee heading to South Africa to seek new opportunities. But as he arrives horrific xenophobic violence erupts sending the country and his plans into chaos.

Directed by Isango’s Artistic Director Mark Dornford-May and performed mainly through music, this new stage adaptation of Jonny Steinberg’s book features haunting marimbas and vocal performances by the 23-strong ensemble. The company is made up of both classically trained and untrained singers from the townships surrounding Cape Town. The ensemble includes: Pauline Malefane, Noluthando Boqwana, Ayanda Eleki, Zamile Gantana, Sifiso Lupuzi, Bongiwe Mapassa, Zanele Mbatha, Katlego Mmusi, Zoleka Mpotsha, Busisiwe Ngejane, Sonwabo Ntshata, Luvo Rasemeni, Masakane Sotayisi, Luvo Tamba, Ayanda Tikolo.

The first ever collaboration between the Young Vic and The Royal Opera, A Man of Good Hope will receive its world premiere at the District Six Museum, Cape Town 16-26 March 2016. The conductor is Mandisi Dyantyis, musical direction is by Mandisi Dyantyis and Pauline Malefane, movement is by Lungelo Ngamlana and light is by Mannie Manim.

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