Tiata fahodzi, who are in partnership with Watford Palace Theater, have announced their biggest tour to date. Their new play ‘i know all the secrets in my world’ explores the theme of love and loss between a father and son.
The narrative sees the father and son struggle to find forms of communication after the unexpected death of their wife and mother, respectively. This poignant and sentimental performance explores absence, fantasy, gender roles, disconnection and the permanence of love. The central protagonists will also explore grief, masculinity and how we communicate when speaking is impossible.
Collaborating with an all-male cast, an all-female creative and production team utilise sound and movement to illustrate the process of grief in this unspoken and universal multi-love story, as the two men try to comprehend what family means without the departed.
Tiata fahodzi is the UK’s leading African theatre company and they will embark upon a new direction as they celebrate their 18th birthday, and following Natalie Ibu’s appointment as Artistic Director in 2014.
The company, whose approach to diversity and equality is salient both on and off the stage, will make their wider touring debut across the UK with this new play.
When talking about ‘i know all the secrets in my world’ Natalie Ibu remarked, “It’s a story about what is to love and to lose. For me – not just as an artist and a programmer but as an avid audience member – it comes from a deep desire to multiply the, sometimes singular, narrative about who we are and the lives we live”.
She also stated “Here are a black African heritage father and son – like any father and son – simply living, loving and hurting. The play explores what we have in common because being African heritage doesn’t affect the way we love and how we grieve. The production is a departure from our text-based tradition and aims to multiply the way we tell our stories”.
The play will be shown in The Studio at The Lowry, Salford, on Wednesday 24 February.
Tickets are priced at £10-£12 and are available from www.thelowry.com.
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