The Swallowing Dark
From: Tuesday, 1st November 2011
To: Saturday, 26 November 2011
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Canaan and his son have come a long way to escape the horrors of Zimbabwe under Mugabe. But when Martha asks him to revisit his darkest memories, he s forced to fight for their lives a second time. Martha needs only an honest tale, but are either of them who they seem, and is the truth ever a simple story?
7 November 2011
Lizzie Nunnery’s taut and terse two-hander defies black and white thinking. Like the best drama, it presents an ethical quandary that refuses to be boxed up as either right or wrong, with the implications of its central decision a matter of life and death nonetheless.
Nunnery’s focus is immigration and she makes you realise the complexities of a single case. Canaan (Wil Johnson) is from Zimbabwe, where he worked in Mugabe’s security force and as an MDC activist. He has been living in England for five years, but, having forgotten to resubmit for his status, he must go through the process from scratch under case owner Martha (Allyson Ava-Brown).
Like Joe Penhall’s Blue/Orange, The Swallowing Dark shows an individual tossed around by a bureaucratic system that cannot afford to admit his humanity. Canaan is a case to be judged, before he is a man – indeed a father – worth pitying. When Martha talk...
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Wil Johnson (Canaan) P:Allyson Ava-Brown (Martha)
Lizzie Nunnery (Author)
Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse (Producer)
Theatre 503 (Producer)
Paul Robinson (Director)
Alex Eales (Design)
Richard Howell (Lighting)
Tim Bird (AV Design) (Design)
Louise Rhodes-Brown (AV Design) (Design)
Peter Coyte (Music)
Xenia Bayer (Sound)
Bernadette Iglich (movement) (Director)
Jacquie Davies (Costume)