'Golden lads and girls all must, as chimney-sweepers, come to dust.'
Part of the 2012 Globe to Globe Festival.
In April 2011, after more than 50 years of violent struggle, the Republic of South Sudan became the world's newest country. The South Sudan Theatre Company's Cymbeline, the first ever adaptation of Shakespeare into Juba Arabic, draws on the performance traditions of the horn of Africa. Led by renowned writer Taban Lo Liyong, the adaptation draws on local accents, modern slang and myth, to create a show that resonates with contemporary life and politics in South Sudan.
Cymbeline, King of Britain when Augustus Caesar was Emperor of Rome, has a daughter, Innogen, and two sons who were stolen in infancy. The queen, his second wife, has a son, Cloten, whom Cymbeline wishes Innogen to marry; but she has secretly married a commoner, Posthumus Leonatus. Cymbeline banishes Posthumus to Rome, where he meets Iachimo, who wagers with him that he can seduce Innogen.
Arriving in Britain, Iachimo realises that she is incorruptible, but, hiding in her bedroom, obtains evidence which convinces Posthumus that he has won the wager. Posthumus orders his servant Pisanio to kill Innogen at Milford Haven, but instead Pisanio advises her to disguise herself as Fidele, a page; in Wales, she meets her brothers, who were stolen twenty years before by the banished nobleman Belarius.
Cloten pursues Innogen to Wales in Posthumus’ clothes, determined to rape her and kill Posthumus. Instead, he is killed by one of her brothers, and his decapitated body laid beside Innogen, who has taken a potion that makes her appear dead. When she revives, Innogen/ Fidele joins the Roman army, which is invading Britain as a result of Cymbeline’s failure to pay tribute to Rome. Posthumus and the stolen princes are instrumental in defeating the Roman army. A final scene of explanations leads to private and public reconciliation.
Running time: 151 mins
Joseph Abuk & Derik Uya Alfred
Directed for the Screen:
Arkangelo Maku Fatrino
The Queen, Jupiter:
Esther Liberato Bagirasas
Francis Paulino Lugali
Dominic Gorgory Lohore
Victor Lado Wani
Justin Mongu Andrea
What you have to say
Ruth Samuel Ruth Samuel
John Morrison John Morrison
So glad I saw this show. It was bold and brilliant.
Olivera Ristanovic-Santrac Olivera Ristanovic-Santrac
Perfect interaction between the performers and the audience... pure emotion... aaaah, loved every minute of it!
Miss Kibble @MissKibble
South Sudanese Cymbeline moved mountains in my heart.
Theatre and Dance @UKTheatreDance
Erin Sullivan @_erinsullivan_