“The Rain That Washes”, powerful drama showing at The Studio Theatre – London

It’s a traumatic personal story of an ordinary Zimbabwean

“The Rain That Washes” is a new Chickenshed Theatre’s production that chronicles the epic and traumatic personal story of an ordinary man from Zimbabwe.

In this short play one man cries, sweats and laughs as he tells his personal story behind the recent history and headlines of Zimbabwe.

Following the dream of majority rule, the man sees Ian Smith’s Rhodesia become Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe. From refugee camps in Botswana to air strikes in Zambia via Marxism in Bulgaria, he returns to Zimbabwe, only to witness the greatest betrayal of all…

Writer/Director David Carey has dramatized elements of Christopher Maphosa’s story using some of his poetic phrases, endless research and elements of his fascinating conversation with Christopher, who has laid his life bare for this project. Christopher is Chickenshed’s Building Supervisor.

The creative process has been equally enhanced by director Kieran Fay and actor Ashley Maynard. Together they have created a daring and engaging show that stems from Christopher’s extraordinary story.

The title, “The Rain That Washes”, refers to the “Gukuranhundi” the Shona word for “the early rain which washes away the chaff before the spring rains”, describing the suppression of Joshua Nkomo’s supporters by Zimbabwe’s 5th Brigade.

“The Rain That Washes” is a very moving and personal story which has been adapted to create a significant piece of relevant theatre.

Venue: The Studio Theatre
Chickenshed Chase Side, Southgate, London N14 4PE
Dates/Times: 29th and 30th September at 7.30pm
1st October at 6pm
4th and 5th October at 7.30pm
8th October at 6pm
Recommended for 12+ years.
Sign interpreted performances: 5th October at 7.30pm
To book: Box Office 020 8292 9222, email: bookings@Chickenshed.org.uk or book online at www.chickenshed.org.uk

“The Rain That Washes” will also be performed at The Hat Factory, 65-67 Bute Street, Luton, LU1 2EY on 27th and 28th October at 7.30pm. To book visit www.thehatfactory.org or telephone 01582 878100