Radio Play, our satirical dark comedy about the news, has an invitation to perform at Theatre du Tarmac’s June festival. We’ve had a few hiccups with funding (please, please help us out over here), but we’re gearing up to go to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Radio Play tells the story of a radio station in an unnamed country, where the news is always good, even when it’s not. DJ Lark’s day job is to turn the country’s messy news from the wire feed into cheery messages of hope. For the nightshift, Lady Hibou takes over the airwaves and responds to callers who dial in to confess their secrets. But it turns out everyone has a secret, and their is a cost to pretending that everything is okay.
Previewed in 2014 in Kigali, and premiered and Burundi’s Buja Sans Tabou festival, Radio Play has gone on to tour East Africa- with performances at festivals in Kampala, Uganda; Nairobi, Kenya; Addis Abbeba, Ethiopia. We are really looking forward to continuing this conversation about freedom of expression with Rwanda’s neighbors at the DRC. If you can help us get there, we’d be grateful. And if you are in Kin, come check it out!
There’s a few excerpts linked here… En français at Buja Sans Tabou and images and bios for original cast members Herve Kimenyi, Michael Sengazi, Wesley Ruzibiza and Elizabeth Senja Spackman, as well as clips and photos from Kampala International Theatre festival here. When we took took the play to Addis and Nairobi, we worked with the talented actor Mugambi Nthiga and luminous poet and performer Sitawa Namwalie for a truly East African version, but as in Kin we’ll perform en français, we’re back to the original cast. We’re looking at bringing the show for an extended run to some of those places (here’s looking at you Nairobi) that we visited too briefly before as well as some exciting new places this year, so stay tuned.