ED2011 4/5 Reviews ED2011 Dance & Physical Theatre Reviews

Africa, Heart And Soul (Grassroots Theatre Company, Zimbabwe)

By | Published on Sunday 21 August 2011

This jubilant performance presents a simple tale of courtship which unfolds through music, dance and story-telling, guided by a sage old narrator and sprinkled with unexpected humour. From the first moment to the last, the audience is enveloped by the warmth and energy of the performers as they portray love at first sight, flirtation, jealousy and a competition to win the heroine’s hand. The focus is very much on music and dance rather than acting, with this old-fashioned but timeless story successfully weaving together a series of songs showcasing the performers’ talents. As the show reaches its inevitable happy ending, the performers drum, ululate and sing in warm, bright harmonies, dancing in the light of a dusty African sunset.

Paradise In Augustine’s, 8 – 21 Aug (not 15), 6.05pm (6.45pm), £8.00 – £10.00, fpp168.
tw rating 4/5