A woman on a table surrounded by smashed watermelon, casting a vivid shadow on a white back wall

As British as a Watermelon

Tuesday 10 May 7:45pm - Wednesday 11 May 2022 7:45pm
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Tickets: £13 (£11)
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Please note: As British as a Watermelon contains references to trauma, sexual assault, child abuse, suicide, reference to border police and of asylum and racism.

As British as A Watermelon is a messy sensory experience.  

My name is Mandla.
It means power.
I gave it to myself.  

Mandla Rae has a selective memory, and they are scrambling to piece together their life. As British as a Watermelon questions what it means to belong through exploring Mandla’s fragmented asylum and migration memories.  

Told through an unflinching narrative, weaving poetry and storytelling together with destruction and colourful chaos, you are invited to join Mandla as they rise from the dead and reclaim their misplaced power.  

Mandla Rae is a queer Zimbabwean writer, performer and curator. Their pronouns are they/them. Their work typically explores their intersectional existence and their response to the world around them. 

4 star review
“The show is short and sharp, slippery and nonlinear, It feels like witnessing a person trying to gather themselves up, and is beautifully intrusive.”
The Stage
4 star review
“Mandla Rae’s as british as a watermelon stands out as a piece of solo theatre investigating the nature of memory.”
The Scotsman