Ustinov Studio, Bath and tour

There are rare moments when the power of storytelling can transcend all boundaries and plunge an audience into a barbaric, terrifying world, told with honesty and without judgement, allowing the facts to speak loudest.

This extraordinary drama, performed by the utterly compelling Ashley Maynard is an outstanding example of how theatre can work, regardless of scale or budget.

Based on the true stories of Christopher Maphosa, a Zimbawean who left his home country aged 14 to fight against white rule. This play is the result of conversations between Maphosa and Carey – the play is set in the early years of Mugabe’s rule, it also brings into sharp focus the issues surrounding the 2013 elections and the ongoing troubles in South Africa.

It is a gripping story, because of its integrity and truth but also due to the accomplished script and direction.

Maynard finds humour and fun, horror and pain in the emerging conflict. His ability to morph into any character reflects his great skill, his onstage energy demands full attention in this rollercoaster piece.

Lighting and simple props carry the play with excellent use of suitcases brings a wit and humour that forces the darkest moments to reach deep into the soul; thought provoking and challenging but if you have the chance to see this tour de force, do not pass it by.

Petra Schofield

5 stars