Image: Richard Canal
Note: this show also plays at the Landor Space from 5 to 11 September 2018.
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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Tuesday ‑ 7‑30pm
Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm
Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm
Friday ‑ 7‑30pm
Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm
Author: Richard Canal
Director: Richard Canal, George Goodell
Production: Richard Canal