Many Rivers Crossed

A dead warlord stands trial before his ghosts.

Tue 18 Sep 2018 to Sun 23 Sep 2018

Many Rivers Crossed

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by Richard Canal

"People think I am depraved. What maddened me the madman?
They call me a monster; from where comes my monstrosity?"

Dawn breaks on February 22nd, 2002. Ambushed at breakfast in the open savanna of eastern Angola, Jonas Malheiro Savimbi - the infamous warlord and leader of the UNITA rebels - has just been killed by the MPLA government's 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 over a half-million lives, and left a country that could have been the continent's richest among its poorest.

Savimbi 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 his country; and in an attempt to die in peace, he explains himself - but whether he is willing to 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.

Written and directed by
Richard Canal

Co-directed and stage managed by
George Goodell

Performed by
Emeson Nwolie

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Tuesday 18th to Saturday 22nd September - 7:30pm
Sunday 23rd September - 2:30pm

£12 full / £10 concession
[Concessions for Under-16s, Over-60s, Persons with Unemployment/Disability Support, Veterans]


Full price: £12 Concessions: £10