It was worth the dash across town to Pitfield Street, Hoxton, East London, to catch the second night of Don Kinch’s play - an invitation from good friend, AB. The Courtyard Theatre is tucked sneakily around the corner of Pitfield on Bowling Green Way and a genuine stone’s throw (as opposed to an estate agent’s throw) from Hoxton Square - a regular family haunt, in the good old days, before the arterati colonised these environs.
Now to the play itself. A lineage connecting Africa and the Sub-continent is explored and represented through the Indo-African genealogy of the main female protagonist and dialogue of the central male character. The theme of Ubuntu (Humanity - Zulu/Xhosa) and a backdrop of contemporary choreography, performed by ‘the King and Queen’ of the archetypal African kingdom, keeps the audience focused on ancient history. There is narrative, percussion, drama, comedy, dance - all wrapped up in this accessible dramatic package. Well worth experiencing.