Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, London E8 3DL
Platforma presents a free performance by the brilliant Mbira Kuwirirana in support of Nine Lives at Arcola Theatre.
Mbira Kuwirirana is a trio of mbira players based in the UK. The name of the group can be loosely translated to “mbira is friendship”. The trio is composed of Fungai Gahadzikwa, Doug Langley and Takudzwa Mukiwa who met because of mbira and have maintained a close friendship since.
The trio has been playing together for over 5 years and have played at events including the British Forum for Ethnomusicology Annual Conference in 2010, Mwalimu Express, Music For Liberia concerts and many more including at venues such as the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford.
Nine Lives is a gripping new play from Zodwa Nyoni (Channel 4 Writer in Residence 2014) threading together humour and humanity to tell the real personal story behind asylum headlines. Former West Yorkshire Playhouse Associate Director Alex Chisholm directs Lladel Bryant, UK Young Citizen of the Year in 2006 and the co-founder of Chicken Shop Shakespeare.
Full details about Nine Lives, and free booking for Mbira Kuwirirana: https://www.arcolatheatre.com/production/arcola/nine-lives