Set in Rwanda in early 1994, Jack Exley (played by Matthew Marsh) uproots his family from Illinois to research a book, and tragedy strikes. As well as Marsh, the cast includes Jude Akuwudike, William Armstrong, Babou Ceesay, Chipo Chung, Nick Fletcher, Andrew Garfield, Tanya Moodie, Lucian Msamati, Adura ONashile and Danny Sapani.
Critics were drawn into the days leading up to the Rwandan genocide in Stafford-Clark’s “powerful” production and agreed that while it has its faults, The Overwhelming makes important points about world affairs. The production continues in rep until September when it embarks on a five-week tour, visiting Oxford, Leeds, Southampton, Liverpool and Manchester, where it concludes on 7 October.
- by Caroline Ansdell
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