The renowned Chickenshed theatre company make their first visit to the Ustinov Studio next week with their highly acclaimed account of life in war-torn Zimbabwe…

THE RAIN THAT WASHES is inspired by Zimbabwean Christopher Maphosa’s true life story of leaving his country at 14 years old to join the revolution against white rule. Instantly plunging the audience into a young man’s compelling story, this is an extraordinary journey from innocence to escape, as Christopher finally returns to his homeland to witness Mugabe’s greatest betrayal. Ashley Maynard plays both Christopher and all the characters he meets along the way in this warm, funny and at times, brutal and shocking play.

Dave Carey first met Christopher Maphosa at Chickenshed Theatre more than 13 years ago and has dramatized their conversations creating a tense and dramatic story. The play is set in the early years of Mugabe’s Zimbabwe, and gives fresh relevance to the controversial 2013 elections. The show was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013, enjoying a highly successful sell-out run at the Pleasance Dome.

«««« “A hurtling account of a young teenager who faces persecution from Mugabe’s henchmen … what’s unmistakable is a pacy narrative and Maynard’s vivacious story-telling, not to mention a spot-on impersonation of the dictator himself” London Evening Standard

Chickenshed celebrates their 40th anniversary in 2014. Primarily based at their own purpose-built venue in North London, they create theatre for all ages and run successful outreach projects, education courses and membership programmes throughout the year. Their reputation has been founded by creating new work, inspired by the real people, about personal and social issues that affect society today which then tour to theatres, community centres and schools across the UK.

THE RAIN THAT WASHES was nominated in the Best Male Performance category of the Off West End Theatre Awards 2012,

THE RAIN THAT WASHES is at the Ustinov Studio on Friday 17th & Saturday 18th January. Tickets are on sale now from the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844, or online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk/ustinov