As British as a Watermelon – Blu-ray Authoring

This week has been all about Blu-ray authoring. Amongst other projects there’s been As British as a Watermelon by mandla rae. Presented by Black Gold Arts and Contact, this one-woman show has been captured on film by Graham Clayton-Chance and has been garnering rave reviews.

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

Writer and performer mandla rae has a selective memory and is scrambling to piece together a life mostly forgotten in the name of survival. Through the exploration of mandla’s fragmented asylum and migration memories, as british as a watermelon asks questions about belonging, trauma and forgiveness.

“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

Told through an unflinching autofiction narrative weaving poetry and storytelling; set within a chaotically colourful, sensory performance space; you are invited to watch as mandla rises from the dead to reclaim a previously misplaced power

“Mandla Rae’s as british as a watermelon stands out as a piece of solo theatre investigating the nature of memory.”

The Scotsman

mandla rae is a queer Zimbabwean writer, performer and curator. mandla is agender and has no pronouns. mandla’s work typically explores an intersectional existence enforced on the artist’s body as a result of the world we live in. mandla has been commissioned by many organisations across the country including the BFI, Journeys Festival International and Hope Mill Theatre to make written works. mandla is an Associate Artist for Outbox Theatre.

“Sharp, stylish and tenderly imbued with truthfulness. It builds itself precariously, with delicate details of a life. The straightforward obliqueness of the show’s storytelling can’t help but charm you. It’s knowing. And defiant.”


Blu-ray Authoring

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