Workshop Negative, 2016

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He’s black, you’re black, you speak the same language and you fight each other like animals

Workshop Negative
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.

There may have never been a more timely production than Tangle’s Workshop Negative”
— Afridiziak

Gate Theatre
6th - 9th July, 2016


Jude Aduwudike

John Pfumojena

Danilo Antonelli

Production Team

Creative Team

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