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waiting for a train at the bus stop (Mwansa Phiri)

By | Published on Thursday 10 August 2023

I certainly will be thinking about this show for a while. What starts off as fun turns into a heavy and heartbreaking story dealing with coercive control and mental health, the well-written script cleverly taking something that initially seems lighthearted, and towards the end turning it into something darker. However, while there is darkness, the exploration of family is heartwarming and gives us an insight into Zambian oral traditions. Yaisa delivers a powerful, raw and goose-bump inducing performance, and the lighting, projector and sound encompass and surround you, placing the audience inside the mind of the protagonist in crisis. The abrupt ending may leave some gasping for more, but like a train, it hits hard – in this show, emotionally.

Summerhall, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Andrew Melrose]