The production continues to play at the Southwark Playhouse until the 17th June.

(c)Steve Gregson

Production images have now been released for Ebenezer Bamgboye’s production of Under the Kundè Tree, written by Clarisse Makundul. The play is inspired by Makundul’s grandmother’s generation in Cameroon and explores the challenges that women like Sara (the central character in the play) faced every day in the 1950s during a violent and turbulent period.

(c)Steve Gregson

Under the Kundè Tree is set in the 50s during the secret Cameroonian War of Independence. It follows Sara, a young woman, struggling to strike a balance between her heart’s desire and the pressure to fulfil traditional familial obligations.

Tackling issues of colonialism, love, family, identity and freedom, this story explores themes of contemporary relevance, whilst reading an overlooked and often unknown period of history.

(c)Steve Gregson

The cast for the production includes: Selina Jones, Fodo Simbo, Amma-Afi Osei and Yinka Awoni.

Talking about the production, Director Ebenezer Bamgboye comments: ” A true honour to be bringing this gripping, visceral and virtuosic play to life; telling the story of the Cameroonian fight for independence for the first time in British theatre history. Alongside a stellar creative team, we are seeking to create an immersive, visually arresting and deeply theatrical production that entertains audiences whilst confronting them with the previously hidden, dark history of the Western world.”

(c) Steve Gregson

Meanwhile, the creative team behind the production includes: Set & Costume Designer Niall McKeever, Lighting Designer Arnim Friess Sound Designer Max Pappenheim Movement Director Rose Ryan and Dramaturgs Gregoire Colin & Laure Bachelier-Mazon.

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