Black Theatre Live


After Independence

Written by May Sumbwanyambe

Africa is changing. Country by country, step by step. But for Guy and Kathleen, life on their ranch goes on as it has since their ancestors first claimed this land. Until a man from the new government arrives with a smile and a purchase order – but there's more than just land at stake. Charles will do whatever it takes to restore the farm to the 'native' population.

A game of cat and mouse, claim and counter-claim, begins, with the heritage of an entire nation to play for. As truths are revealed and moralities questioned, can things ever be more than simply black and white?

Inspired by events in Zimbabwe, May Sumbwanyambe's first play examines land ownership, dispossession and justice in a postcolonial world.