Review Round-up: Does Ruined Live Up to Pulitzer?
The play, inspired by Brecht's Mother Courage, is set in a bar-cum-brothel in a small mining town in the Democratic Republic of Congo. As tales of local atrocities spread and tensions between rebels and government militia rise, shrewd Mama Nadi must reassess her business priorities and personal loyalties when two “ruined” girls arrive on her doorstep seeking shelter.
Jenny Jules stars as Mama Nadi in a cast that also features Lucian Msamati, Pippa Bennett-Warner and Michelle Asante as well as Damola Adelaja, David Ajala, Silas Carson, Kehinde Fadipe, Joel Kangudi, Okezie Morro and Steve Toussaint.
Ruined was first seen in a co-production between the Manhattan Theatre Club and Chicago's Goodman Theatre last year. The new Almeida production is directed by Indhu Rubasingham and designed by Robert Jones. It continues until 5 June 2010.