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The Rain That Washes (Chickenshed)

By | Published on Monday 12 August 2013

This is a play about a teenage boy’s tragic battle with Zimbabwean politics, based on the life of a man who worked for Chickenshed several years ago. His story follows the events which transpired around the black-majority rule in Zimbabwe between the 1970s and 80s. This one-man show focuses on politics, but it’s the authentic reactions of a young boy that give us a fuller understanding of this terrible scenario. Ashley Maynard’s portrayal of Matthew is occasionally weak, yet somehow thought-provokingly real. The audience are provided with a glossary of terms, a list of political leaders and a timeline of events, making the performance accessible to everybody as they learn the truth. As young Matthew says, “how did we get here?”

Pleasance Dome, until 17 Aug (not 7), 1.40pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Rebecca Lunn]