Who We Are

We are a group of theatre makers from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Sweden, London and U.S. who are interested in telling untold stories and presenting performances and work that question mainstream norms in our society. We strive for artistic excellence through hard work and believe in the strength of collaboration and cultural exchange by bringing together our diverse artistic experiences to produce exciting, thought provoking theatre. We also offer workshops and other activities that allows participants to express themselves and challenge stereotypes and prejudice.

Bios

Joakim Daun

Joakim Daun – Playwright/Producer

is a Swedish playwright and theatre maker based in London. His background is in human rights and forced migration and he has worked extensively in Africa and Latin America. As a writer he wants to question and reflect over current power structures and prejudices from the perspective of the individual as well as the collective. He is the writer and original producer of The Incident and the creator of the The Incident Workshops: Uncovered and Explored. Previously, he worked as a writer and dramaturge on the CONTAINED project where he wrote Pecking Order, a physical theatre piece which looks at perceptions of refugees and migrants in the UK. Pecking Order has been performed at different venues in Oxford, UK. He holds an MA in Writing for Performance and Dramaturgy from Goldsmiths, University of London and has also trained in Forum Theatre.

Zoë Guzy-Sprague

Tonderayi Munyevu - Director

is a director, actor and a writer. Acting: credits include Carmen (The Grange Festival Theatre) Treasure Island (Birmingham Rep), Devine Comedy (David Glass Ensemble), The Man Who Almost Killed Himself (Hibrow/BBC Arts), Sizwe Banzi Is Dead (Young Vic) ZHE (NOUN) UNDEFINED. He is the co-artistic director of Two Gents Productions for whom he has appeared in Kupenga KwaHamlet (Oval House/Watermill), Magesti (Harare Rep/Rich Mix) and Two Gentlemen of Verona.

On screen: Doctors (BBC), and the films The Day of the Triffids (BBC/HBO) and Something Nice from London (Latimer). Radio: King Solomon’s Mines, Mandida’s Shoes, Boniface and Me, and When The Laughter Stops BBC Radio 4. Writing Harare Files; How 700,000 People Lost Their Homes written with Sarah Norman, Zhe (noun) Undefined (Antonia Kemi Coker and Chuck Mike), an autobiographical play published by Oberon, A Tranquil Mind (BBC Radio 4) and Shakespeare’s Moors for Two Gents Productions.
Zoë Guzy-Sprague

Arne Pohlmeier - Director

is a director and theatre maker of German origin based in London. He creates shows that negotiate the boundaries between the familiar and the foreign, that emphasize collaboration and that have a lasting impact on artists, participants and audiences. His shows are fueled by a love of Shakespeare and his childhood experience of growing up between cultures (Cameroon, USA, Germany, Wales). Arne mainly directs & produces work for Two Gents Productions – their next shows are EARNEST (a two-woman adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest on tour across England) & THE MOORS (a new play about the Black characters in Shakespeare by Tonderai Munyevu performing at Tara Theatre, London from November 7-24, 2018).

Zoë Guzy-Sprague

Zoë Guzy-Sprague – Dramaturge/Facilitator

is an American dramaturg, playwright and drama facilitator based in London, who is passionate about creating platforms for untold stories and unheard voices, and about exploring the boundaries of theatrical form. Most recently she was a member of the Orange Tree Writers Collective, through which an extract of her play Return was performed as part of Uprising at the OT. Her play The Net recieved a stage reading at the Tristan Bates Theatre in 2016. She has worked as a dramaturg with a host of playwrights and as resident dramaturge with Company Three, a youth theatre in North London. Her short play Define was produced at the Park Theatre in London as part of the Women Redressed Festival. She is currently working as a creative writing facilitator for diverse youth at Rewrite. She holds an MA in Writing for Performance and Dramaturgy from Goldsmiths, University of London.
Cassandra Hercules

Cassandra Hercules - Monica

is an actor, producer and co-founder of CultureClash Theatre, Cassandra studied Law at the Glasgow University School of Law and worked as an immigration and human rights lawyer before undertaking the MA Acting Degree at Guildford School of Acting in 2015.

Cassandra's professional theatre credits include Hermia in OpenBar Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, (UK, tour), Tara in Voices In The Dark, Greenwich Theatre, Officer C/ Rioter in Inside Pussy Riot ( Saatchi Gallery), Miranda in Bilimankhwe’s The Tempest, (UK, tour), Samantha in Under My Thumb (Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Greenwich Theatre, New Diorama Theatre) Actor in #CASTE (Arcola Theatre), Chantelle in Secret Cinema’s 28 Days Later (site specific), Tanesha in Totally Together (site specific), Hannah in Hannah and Hanna (New Diorama Theatre, Assembly Edinburgh Fringe, Greenwich Theatre).

Nikola Ruzicic

David Weiss - Jan

is a Swedish actor, based in Stockholm. He graduated from the National Malmö Theatre Academy in 2004. His acting career ranges from Swedish Film/TV, features like: “Mind the Gap” and “Hata Göteborg” to the scenes at The Royal Dramatic Theatre and the Stockholm State Theatre. David is particularly passionate about language, human rights and social justice, leading him into interactive and community based theatre on tour in Scandinavia, France and Turkey. He has been employed by various Swedish theatre companies, such as the state-funded city theatres in Göteborg, Helsingborg, Örebro, Gävle, Jönköping and Sundsvall.

From 2014-17 he toured nationwide as a full-time actor in the production Love is free?!- an informative, interactive and multilingual play on the topic of HBV – Honor Based Violence, played for 22.258 school students, as well as the Swedish Parliament & Government. In 2017 he played the title role in Alfred Jarrys King Ubu at the Summertheatre on Krapperup and 2018 he starred in Don Quijote at Skillinge Theatre.

Elizabeth Zaza Muchemwa

Cecilia Trono - Scenic Designer

is a French Set and Costume designer based in London. Since graduating from Rose Bruford College in September 2017, she has designed set and costumes for theatres including the Acrola Theatre in London, and Pegasus Theatre in Oxford, as well as worked as an assistant designer at the Omnibus Theatre and the Vaults Theatre. In June 2017, she was nominated for an Off West End Award for Best Set Design, for her work at Jermyn Street Theatre and in 2016, she was a winner of a Vocation Bursary awarded by the French Bleustein-Blanchet Foundation
Nic Farmen

Nic Farman - Lighting Designer

is Winner of The Worshipful Company of Lightmongers & ALD Award for New Talent in Entertainment Lighting 2016 and Winner of the 'Francis Reid Award' as part of the Association of Lighting Designers Michael Northen Bursary in 2013. Nic was also Nominated for Best Lighting Designer at the 'Off West End Awards’ in 2016 for The Spanish Tragedy and in 2015 for Shock Treatment and The Win Bin. Credits include: The Toxic Avenger (Arts Theatre & Southwark Playhouse); Liver Birds Flying Home (Royal Court, Liverpool); Working (Southwark Playhouse); Spring Awakening (Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester); Tonight: The Eighties (National Theatre, Kuwait); How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Wilton’s Music Hall); Priscilla (ArtsEd Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Theatre); La Boheme (Trafalgar Studios & King’s Head Theatre); Children of Eden (Union Theatre); Kindertransport (Queens Theatre Hornchurch, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg & UK Tour); The Invisible Man (Queens Theatre, Hornchurch); Late Company (Trafalgar Studios & Finborough Theatre); Holy Crap; Shock Treatment; Puccini’s Madam Butterfly; Cosi Fan Tutte (King’s Head Theatre); Jack and the Beanstalk (Salisbury Playhouse).
Elizabeth Zaza Muchemwa

James Ball - AV Designer & Technical Stage Manager

has worked both in the UK and internationally in live events and technical theatre throughout the past 10 years. His work primarily focuses on contemporary art, youth and community theatre and live music. He graduated with a 2:1 in Music from Oxford Brookes University in 2010 and although he specialises in sound engineering and design, he also has much experience working as a stage manager, lighting designer and production manager. Previous employment includes: Technical Manager for Paines Plough Theatre Company, London, UK; Lighting Designer, Mandala Theatre Company, Oxford, UK; Sound Engineer for UK pop music group ‘Saint Etienne’; Lighting Designer at Rencontres du Jeune Théâtre Européen youth theatre festival, Grenoble, France; Sound Engineer for Periplum Theatre Company in Seoul, South Korea and Production Manager for international touring sound artist Ray Lee.
Elizabeth Zaza Muchemwa

Simon Kenny - Costume Designer

is a set and costume designer working in theatre, opera, musical theatre and live performance, across the UK and internationally. Recent projects include the multi award-winning Sweeney Todd in a purpose built pie shop (West End and Off-Broadway, Tooting Arts Club); The Selfish Giant, a new folk opera by Guy Chambers (West End); Macbeth (Stafford Castle); Le Nozze di Figaro (Nevill Holt Opera); Holes (Nottingham Playhouse); Black Men Walking (national tour for Eclipse); Twelfth Night (Shakespeare’s Globe); Arthur Miller’s Broken Glass (Watford Palace); Island (National Theatre); Rose with Janet Suzman (HOME); and Glyn Maxwell’s stage adaptation of Babette’s Feast (Print Room).
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Rachel Graham - Company Stage Manager

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Isabelle Ezekwesili - Production Intern

(otherwise known as Izzyy Eze), is a British singer and Spoken-Word poet of Nigerian descent. Some of her achievements include winning the singing competition at The Piano Works in Farringdon, being shortlisted by OutSpoken Live for Performance Poetry, and appearing on The Voice UK.

Driven by her passion for the creative arts and for encouraging others to be bold and dynamic, Isabelle founded her own Spoken-Word Poetry Company in 2015. Isabelle is a Law Graduate of the University of Kent, Canterbury.

Elizabeth Zaza Muchemwa

Sinéad Elinore Emery - Workshop Facilitator

is a London based Participatory Arts Practitioner, with over 10 years’ experience of designing, delivering and managing arts and theatre focused engagement initiatives, within educational, custodial and community settings. Sinéad has a particular interest in creative approaches to inclusive integration initiatives and accessibility, within the arts. She has been a lead facilitator for companies such as Safe Ground, Greenwich and Lewisham Youth Theatre and Odd Arts, Manchester and has undertaken contracts as an Arts Development Consultant in China, London and Leeds. In 2016 Sinéad wrote and directed Citizen-Chip, a scratch show exploring themes of migration and citizenship for a Speak Street production, in line with their work with Islington refugees and asylum seekers. Her interactive performance pieceDirty Laundry, an immersive street theatre installation exploring themes of femininity and shame was shortlisted for the East End Art Night in 2017. Sinéad holds a BA Hons in Drama and Physical Theatre, as well as an MA in Theatre and Global Development from the University of Leeds, where she undertook further Applied Theatre training, including Forum and Image theatre.

Elizabeth Zaza Muchemwa

Sanaa Byfield - Workshop Facilitator

is a Jamaican-Senegalese actor and theatre-maker, based in London. Sanaa completed her training in physical, collaborative and devised theatre at the Jacques Lecoq School. During her training, Sanaa had the chance to perform in a street arts festival, a welcome opportunity, as she wants to find ways of bringing theatre to a wider audience. Growing up crossing borders, Sanaa also wants to explore themes of identity, belonging, race and power through her work. As a theatre-maker, she wants to create work that increases social awareness and discussion around taboo subjects. She is delighted to be involved with The Incident Workshops.

Elizabeth Zaza Muchemwa

Anton Califano - Filmmaker

has more than two decades of filmmaking experience working as a producer, director and cameraman on films about a wide range of subjects. Anton’s company Movement In Media makes films for the arts, education and cultural sector. Anton has developed an interest in the African Diaspora after working on film collaborations with Vocab Dance’s This is Not Black and recently with Uchenna Dance’s Head Wrap Diaries as part of Sadlers Wells SAMPLED programme. Both dance companies make work which explores cultural aspects of UK and African culture. He has also recently been working on an academic film and dance project Border Identities with dance artist Dr Adesola Akinleye from Middlesex University. Anton is currently making “Killing the Law” a feature documentary to be released in 2018. Anton’s short films have been shown in film festivals across the globe, and have won numerous prizes. Anton has also Executive Produced over thirty short films made by new talent for the Eastern Edge Film Fund as part of Film London’s prestigious “London Calling" programme many of which have won festival awards worldwide. In the past, working as an editor, Anton has cut award-winning independent films and broadcast documentaries for BBC, Channel 4 and ITV. He has also worked as a cameraman on the BBC Storyville “Why Poverty?” series and “Beside Bowie” a feature doc about David Bowie for Sky Arts.

Elizabeth Zaza Muchemwa

'Tosin Sanni - Graphic Designer

is from Lagos Nigeria and is a practicing Art Director and CG Generalist. His artwork is a marriage of traditional African imagery with contemporary surrealism and abstract forms, exploring traditional spirituality and impact of technology and media on the mental and physical environment. He has a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts Cultural Studies from York University, Toronto, Canada. He is also completing a Masters degree in 3D Visual Effects Production at the University of Kent, UK. He has been a full time artist since 2008 and has been involved in several group Art Exhibitions, and a solo show.

Elizabeth Zaza Muchemwa

Lovedale Mak - Musician

was introduced to music & creativity through his father, a traditional, spiritual mbira player, and his mother - a doylist. He went on to be an award-winning musician who has operated within the Zimbabwean music industry for over 17 years as a vocalist, song-writer/lyricist, composer, producer, guitarist, film scorer, and solo performer. Since the onset of his career he created nationally acknowledged and beloved songs such as Ndizvo Chete, Chizevezeve, Kende Kende, and more. Such successes have afforded him opportunities to tour Zimbabwe as well as perform in Zambia, Mozambique, South Africa, UK, and more. At present he is the CEO of a young production company, “Muringa Music Factory,” which is intent on honoring Zimbabwean expression. In all of his successes, he remains steadfast in his commitment to his craft, entrepreneurial consciousness, uplifting other artists, and culture preservation. He looks forward to cultivating a space for Shona sounds, instruments, and perspectives which is acknowledged in the gallery space and beyond.
Elizabeth Zaza Muchemwa

Brezhnev Gueva - Musician

is also known as Maestrowemhanda on stage, Brezhnev is a gifted musical improviser. An actor and musician with sixteen years of experience, including stage productions of Mbira and Percussions. He has worked internationally with professional artists in Zimbabwe and beyond. He loves learning and working with others to develop push forward his own skills and the music he creates. He is the founder and lead singer of Mhanda Acoustics Music.

Past Collaborators

The Incident has been developed over the course of two years across many countries. Some of our phenomenal past collaborators include:
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Elizabeth Zaza Muchemwa - Director, HIFA and NAF

is a Zimbabwean Poet/Playwright/Theatre Director based in Zimbabwe. She director the world premier of The Incident at the Harare International Festival for the Arts 2017. She continued her work for The Incident directing the South Africa tour at the National Arts Festival 2018, PopArt, and Alexander Bar. Her latest work as a playwright are: The Fourth Interrogation and Numbers, developed during a playwriting residency at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Elizabeth works for Almasi Collaborative Arts as an Associate Artistic Director where she has directed staged readings of In the Blood by Suzan-Lori Parks (2015), The Good Woman of Setzuan by Bertolt Brecht (2016), Venus by Suzan-Lori Parks (2017) and Widows by Ariel Dorfman (2017). Under the HIFA-Direct Program Zaza directed Just Papers and in that same year went on to direct Wedding Day (Drama for Life Festival 2010). She has also directed You Think You know me? a one-woman performance starring poet Linda Gabriel (2015) and The Incident by Joakim Daun (HIFA 2017).
Thoriso Moseneke

Thoriso Moseneke - Project Manager/Facilitator

Thoriso is a South African applied theatre maker who works in arts education, participatory theatre, community development, human rights and social justice. She is an original co-creator of The Incident Workshops and worked as facilitator for the workshops during the South Africa Tour in Johannesburg and Cape Town. In 2015-16 she worked alongside other artists at Sibikwa Arts Centre as a creative artist, workshop designer and facilitator. In 2016 she was part of the Drama for Life Theare Company, working as a researcher and actor on the Angolo American Unravelling HIV/AIDS Through Real Stories for the 2016 World Aids Conference hosted in Durban, South Africa. She worked as a project manager on the production of The Incident in 2017. Thoriso completed her honours degree at University of Witwatersrand in Dramatic Arts, majoring in Arts Management and Applied Theatre and holds an MA in Applied Theatre from Goldsmiths, University of London, UK.
Thoriso Moseneke

Thoriso Moseneke - Project Manager/Facilitator

is a professionally trained applied arts practitioner. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Theatre Arts) from the University of Zimbabwe and a Masters of Arts Degree (Applied Drama and Theatre) from the University of the Witwatersrand, under the Drama for Life programme. She worked as Project Manager for The Incident during our world premier at the Harare Festival for the Arts. Courage then joined The Incident on their South Africa Tour as a workshop facilitator. Currently, Courage is one of Zimbabwe’s country representatives for the Drama for Life Africa project. She has also been involved in several arts for social action projects, including the British Council’s Identity and Diversity project where she was selected to represent Zimbabwe at the International Identity and Diversity Youth Conference held in Zambia. She was also avenue manager for the Harare Festival of the Arts (HIFA-2011).

Contacts

totheincident@gmail.com

 

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