South Africa Tour 2018

In 2018, The Incident went on tour in South Africa, performing at the National Arts Festival in Makhanda, PopArt in Johannesburg, and Alexander Bar and Theatre in Cape Town. It was directed by Elizabeth Zaza Muchemwa starring Mimi Ndiweni as Monica and Nikolas Ruzicic as Jan.

To learn more about this production, check out the trailer below!

Harare International Festival for the Arts 2017

See what audiences and press said about The Incident South Africa Tour:

“It’s a brilliant production because it forces the audience to interact, to interrogate their own prejudice.”
– Masego Panyane, Theatre & Entertainment Writer, IOL South Africa

***** “Powerful, relevant, controversial, open ended.”
– Audience Member – National Arts Festival, South Africa

“It blew me away. I walked away feeling like I needed to be more open, like I needed to interrogate more. The power of this play is that it got me to give room to the ‘other’.”
– Phemelo Motene, Media Strategist & Radio Presenter, Radio 702 South Africa

Meet Our Wonderful Production Team

Elizabeth Zaza Muchemwa - Director

is a Zimbabwean Poet/Playwright/Theatre Director based in Zimbabwe. 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).

Mimi Ndiweni - Monica

is a British actress with Zimbabwean descent and the 2018 OFFIE-award winner for Best Actress for her role as Jekesai/Ester in The Convert at the Gate Theatre in London. She is currently on tour with the Royal Shakespeare Company playing Ophelia in Hamlet. She also played the leading role in Wendy and Peter at the RSC. Recent TV and film credits include Mr Selfridge and The Legend of Tarzan. Mimi is a graduate of the Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama.

Nikola Ruzicic - Jan

is a trained actor based in Stockholm, Sweden. Growing up in a small town he started out as a musician before pursuing a career in acting. His love of storytelling has led him to embody a number of diverse characters in various areas. His work includes appearances in two of Sweden’s most prominent primetime tv-shows, “Maria Wern” and “The Fourth Man”, the upcoming feature “Huldra”, the Cannes-screened provocative short “Mannequins” and the on-stage role of Jesus in “The Cross”. In addition to his acting, Nikola has earned a BA combined honours degree in media/communication and English.

Thoriso Moseneke - Workshops Facilitator

is a creative entrepreneur and applied theatre practitioner specialising in arts in health and arts education. She holds a Masters in Applied Theatre (Drama in Educational, Community and Social Contexts) from Goldsmiths University of London. She is passionate about socially engaged arts, human rights, and social justice. Working as a creative arts facilitator, workshop curator and researcher she has international and local experience working with organsations such as Utopia 500 from Portugal, Green Shoes Arts, London and Johannesburg based theatre company Drama for Life.

Lavinia Serban - Company Stage Manager

is a MA graduate of the Collaborative Theatre Production and Design Programme at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has been working in the industry since she graduated in 2016. She believes theatre has the power to bring people together in a sharing experience that can be life changing. She enjoys seeing inspiring shows that rise questions whether is a piece of new writing or a contemporary staging of the classics. She also likes eclectic shows that give the audience an amazing experience by combining different types of art (dance, physical theatre, circus) using innovative lighting, sound and stage technology.

Harare International Festival for the Arts 2017

The Incident had its world premiere at the Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) in Harare Zimbabwe in May 2017 and received critical acclaim from the audience. It was directed by Elizabeth Zaza Muchemwa, and starred Thomas Vilorioas Janand Charlene Mangweni as Monica. Dramaturgy by Zoë Guzy-Sprague.

To learn more about the play and the writer, cast and director check out our promotional video below.

About The Play

The Incident is a theatrical performance about whether you are ready to stand up for your values when the stakes are raised. The play makes the audience reflect over how we are shaped by our experiences including cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and how it influences how we see the world and how we treat people that are different from us. It makes us look closer at the dichotomy of when a black immigrant woman is one of us and when she is not and allows audiences to reflect over what it means to be a non-white woman in a mostly white male dominated society.

Synopsis

Monica, a Zimbabwean woman moves to Sweden to pursue her PHD studies. While in Sweden, falls in love with Jan, a Swedish headmaster. Jan helps her feel part of Swedish society and convinces her to follow him when he takes up a new job in small town in South Sweden. One day at her new job as a secondary teacher she gets into a quarrel with one of her students. The student then makes an allegation against Monica. As the news of ‘The Incident’ reaches the rest of the school and the people in the small town, the ground under her starts unravel.

Check out the trailer below from the production at HIFA.

Audience Feedback

Meet Our Wonderful Production Team

Charlene Sophia Latoya Mangweni - Monica Moyo (Actor)

is a trilingual actress for television and theatre, a writer and translator, a voice over artist, event hostess, television presenter and news anchor with amajor radio station, Zifm stereo. She trained as a journalist and graduated top of her class in electronic media and print media. She was recently nominated for the Outstanding Actress Award at the National Arts and Merits Awards.

Thomas Vilorio - Jan Larsson (Actor)

is an actor, director and theatre producer who has been entertaining audiences since the age of 13. Born in New York of Dominican parents, who inturn hail from Spain and Lebanon, Thomas is proud of the diversity of his ethnicity. Being an immigrant and the son of immigrants, he is excited to be a part of The Incident.

Mr Vilorio received his training in New York from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, his MFA in Acting in London from East 15 Acting School and an artist exchange programme in Moscow from GiTIS. He enjoys an international career in film and stage in United States, Dominican Republic, and United Kingdom.

Courage Chinokwetu - Project Manager/Facilitator (Zimbabwe)

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. 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).

Tariro Mushonga - Lighting Designer

is in love with theatre and is passionate about helping convey the story through light design. After taķing a break from designing to concentrate on getting the right technical skills abroad, this production is Tariro’s triumphant return to local creative work. He has lit events for some of the royal families of the UAE and Oman, toured festivals extensively in Africa and the Middle East and has worked with some of the most reputable companies in Zimbabwe including Reps Theatre and Tumbuka Dance Company.

Sabina Mutsvati - Costume Designer

is a Zimbabwean fashion and costume designer, who holds a National Diploma in Fine Arts and a National Certificate in Applied Arts and Design from Harare Polytechnic College. In addition to this, she also holds aDiploma in Modeling. She works with a wide variety of material and does not limit herself to just fabrics; she works with found and appropriated objects giving them a whole new appeal. Her work strongly touches on recycling, reusing and environmental awareness. Known for her ecstatic fashion designs has a number of fashion shows under her belt, she has also created numerous theoretical costumes for plays,commercials and film productions.

Joshua Changa - Set Designer

has been a production designer since 2007. He was mentored by Carine Tredgold. He has been set designing for Hifa plays from 2007. Josh has worked with local and international directors and casts.

Prudence Kalipinde - Stage Manager

currently works as a stage manager for Almasi Collaborative Arts,a Zimbabwean-American arts organization. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts honours degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Zimbabwe in 2013. She started working for Almasi in July 2013, first as a stage manager in training and then as a resident stage manager in 2014. As a student she did voluntary work for Hifa, and was props master for The Dead Man's Cellphone.

Clive Jonga - Production Crew

is currently studying music at the Zimbabwe College of Music. He graduated with a certificate for performing arts at Amakhosi Arts Academy in Bulawayo. He recently started working at the Reps Theatre, working backstage on Hairspray and Peter Pan. He also featured in several performances at the Reps, (Oliver, Aladdin and Phantom of the Opera). He has worked as a volunteer for Hifa as backstage general hand for Six Shades of Awkward.

Nyasha Zuze - Photographer

Tafadzwa Furusa - Graphic Designer

Contributers

Ghada Alnassari
Deborrah Baksh
Alexandra Brugola
Tim Crowther
Alice Curry
Andreas Daun
Laurie Davis
Ellie
June Ellen
Rita Guzy
Anne Laakko
Lawrence Litvak
Mary Mbema
Emma Kelley
Gunnar Oberg
Ulla Persson
Sharon Sprague
Agnes Tabah and Steve Mufson
Maria Waade

Contacts

totheincident@gmail.com

 

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