NEWS: Full Casting Announced for Our Lady of Kibeho at Theatre Royal Stratford East

The production will play at the theatre from the 25th September.

Full casting has been confirmed for James Dacre’s production, which played at the Royal & Derngate Theatre earlier this year.

Reprising their roles for the London run of the production will be: Michelle Asante (Sister Evangelique), Michaela Blackburn (Evas), Pepter Lunkuse (Marie-Claire Mukangango), Michael Mears (Father Flavia), Rima Nsubuga
(Vestine), Ery Nzaramba (Father Tuyishime), Ewart James Walters (Nkango Mukamazimpaka) and Leo Wringer (Bishop Gahamanyi). They will be joined by Aretha Ayeh (Immaculee), Pérola Congo (Therese), Taz Munya (Alphonsine), Liyah Summers (Anathalie) and Mitchell Zhangazha

Katori Hall’s Our Lady Of Kibeho is based on true events that grabbed the attention of the world. In 1981 at Kibeho College in Rwanda, a young girl claimed to have seen a vision of the Virgin Mary who warned her of the unimaginable: Rwanda becoming hell on Earth. She was ignored by her
friends and scolded by her school but then another student saw the vision, and another, and the impossible appeared to be true.

Talking about the play, James Dacre said: “Whether the visions that they described were real or not, the true stories of what happened in 1981
to these schoolchildren highlighted the daily injustices that they saw around them. Theirs was a protest against the moral, social and political decay of their community – a reminder that sometimes young people can sense tragedy ahead in a way that adults are incapable of. In turbulent times when the voices of young people are so often ignored, Katori and I hope that the London premiere of this extraordinary play will spark a conversation on ways to heal our own political, racial and religious

As well as being directed by James Dacre, the production’s creative team includes: designs by Jonathan Fensom, lighting design by Charles Balfour, sound design by Claire Windsor, movement direction by Diane Alison-Mitchell, video design by Duncan McLean and musical direction by Michael Henry.

Our Lady Of Kibeho will play at the Theatre Royal Stratford East from the 25th September until the 2nd November.

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