Five Minutes With… Munashe Chirisa

The actor chatted to Emma Clarendon about his role in Stop and Search at the Arcola Theatre.

 Hi Munashe thanks so much for talking to me. What can we expect from Stop and Search? Expect to find that it’s not entirely about people getting stopped and searched in a literal manner, but more about “inter-policing” by different members of society.

Was there anything in particular about the story that caught your attention? The ambiguity of Akim’s journey, we can only imagine where he’s coming from and what he’s been through.

What were your initial thoughts about the play when you first read it? I really like how it touched on several current issues on race, Islamophoia, gender identity, and immigration.

Could you tell me a bit more about your character Akim and how he fits into the story? He’s a young African man and initially, it’s very difficult to put your finger on what kind of person he is. He also has a symbolic role to an extent because he bears a lot of death, almost like an angel of death.

What was it ultimately that made you want to be involved with the production? It’s a very current play, addressing very real issues in a subtle, but poetic manner.

If people are thinking about coming along to the Arcola Theatre to see Stop and Search – why do you think they should? It’s a great play that interrogates how we perceive each other in such a diverse society. It’s definitely a play you want to watch, especially in ‘Brexit Britain.’

By Emma Clarendon

Stop and Search will continue to play at the Arcola Theatre until the  9th February.  

%d bloggers like this: