A Man of Good Hope at BAM.
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, Repons Foundation, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg 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 24-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, Thobile Dyasi, Ayanda Eleki, Thandokazi Fumba , Zamile Gantana, Siphosethu Juta, Nontsusa Louw , Sifiso Lupuzi, Phielo Makitle, Zanele Mbatha, Katlego Mmusi, Zoleka Mpotsha, Siyanda Ncobo, Cikizwa Ndamase, Busisiwe Ngejane, Sonwabo Ntshata, Luvo Rasemeni, Khanya Sakube, Sindiswa Sityata, Tshepo Skosana, Masakane Sotayisi, Luvo Tamba, Ayanda Tikolo.
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. The show had a run at The Young Vic in October 2016 and will be shown at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in February 2017.