Many Rivers Crossed


February 22nd, 2002. Ambushed at breakfast in the open savanna of eastern Angola, Jonas Savimbi - the infamous warlord and leader of the UNITA rebels - has just been killed by government troops.
Many Rivers Crossed at the Cockpit Theatre

Image: Richard Canal


Overview


Genre: Drama
Venue: Cockpit Theatre
Starts: Tuesday 18 September 2018
Closes: Sunday 23 September 2018
Running time:1 hr 30 mins
Age suitability: Not available

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Background


Note: this show also plays at the Landor Space from 5 to 11 September 2018.

Synopsis


February 22nd, 2002.


Ambushed at breakfast in the open savanna of eastern Angola, Jonas Savimbi - the infamous warlord and leader of the UNITA rebels - has just been killed by government troops.


After twenty-seven years of civil war, since independence in 1975, what was one of Africa's longest and deadliest conflicts has at long last reached its inevitable end.


Angolans will soon dance and rejoice in the streets at the demise of the man many condemn as perpetrator of the war: Savimbi's personal vendetta against the incumbent party, and against Angola as a whole for not having chosen him in the 1992 elections, resulted in the loss of 500,000 lives, and left a country that could have been the continent's richest among its poorest.


He suddenly wakes up - dead, bullet-ridden and surrounded by a tribunal of the ghosts of those killed by his hubris.


He is confronted by the pain he has wreaked on Angola; and in an attempt to die in peace, he explains himself - but whether he is willing apologise and repent is unclear.


Many Rivers Crossed condemns without demonising, and humanises without sympathising, the obsessions of a warlord, in order to find a semblance of meaning in humankind's propensity for power-thirst and pride.


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Dates


Previews from:Tuesday 18 September 2018

Closes:Sunday 23 September 2018

Performance days & times


Evening:

Tuesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm

Friday ‑ 7‑30pm

Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm


Matinee:
Sunday - 2-30pm

Tickets


Standard:
£12

Concessions:
£10

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Cast


Emeson Nwolie

Creatives


Author: Richard Canal
Director: Richard Canal, George Goodell
Production: Richard Canal

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