Workshop Negative, 2016
By Cont Mhlanga
Zimbabwe, 1984. Corruption is rife, black people are fighting black people, socialism is being replaced by rampant, vicious capitalism. Nobody is being brave.
Three men represent society in microcosm. Two workers one black and one white, and sworn enemies, are employed in the tool making workshop of a socialist MP. But is it the MP, mouthing socialism while practicing the most oppressive capitalism, who is actually Zimbabwe’s real enemy?
A striking and satirical response to the backlash of Zimbabwean independence, and as relevant today as it was 30 years ago, Workshop Negative pulled no punches in airing the issues that everyone was talking about at the time, but were too afraid to raise.
6th - 9th July, 2016
Producer Thomas Kell
Production Manager Sarah Cowan
Stage Manager Tanith MacKenzie
General Assistant Pascale Kasirabo
Marketing Debo Adebayo
Writer Cont Mhlanga
Director Anna Coombs
Designer Colin Falconer
Lighting Design Hansjorg Schmidt
Sound Design Drew Baumohl
Combat Director Jonathan Waller