UK Arts International

An Overview



Jack Charles v The Crown - A tour de force written and performed by Jack Charles, respected Aboriginal elder, actor, potter and one-time cat burglar.

Exhibit B - Brett Bailey's moving, powerful exploration of the European colonisation of Africa.

Macbeth - Third World Bunfight's adaptation of Verdi's opera, re-located in the Congo.

Afrovibes Festival - Once again, the Afrovibes Festival toured with UK, with a portfolio of productions and activities which included Revivalists, Rainbow Scars, Rhetorical, Skierlik, Mamela, Mana, Dark Cell, Uncles and Angels, Biko's Quest, the Soil. The festival took place in London, Cardiff, Swansea, Birmingham, Hereford, Cardiff, Nottingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Bracknell, Lancaster, Newcastle, Glasgow and Edinburgh.


Woody Sez, a celebration of the life and music of Woddy Guthrie, on tour throughout the UK.


The Three Furies- a spoken word project involving three poets - Zena Edwards (London), Clara Opoku (Amsterdam) and Mbali Vilakazi (Cape Town). The Three Furies was an Afrovibes legacy project.

The Harder They Come - Jamaica 50 Festival, London.

Exhibit B - Brett Bailey's site specific installation that interrogates Africa's colonial past at Kunsten Festival des Arts in Brussels.

Afrovibes - the biennial festival of contemporary performing arts from South Africa toured to 11 venues in 8 UK cities in October 2012 - London, Lancaster, Birmingham, Nottingham, Liverpool, Hereford, Manchester, Cardiff. The festival included the following productions, Inception, My Exile is in my Head, And the Girls in Their Sunday Dresses, Mother to Mother, Thirst and the Sibikwa African Indigenous Orchestra

Hugh Masekela's Songs Of Migration played at Hackney Empire in London, the Carret in Amsterdam and the Kennedy Center in Washington.


The Sapphires - The true story of four aboriginal female singers who are sent toVietnam to entertain the troops.

Woyzeck On The Highveld UK Tour - Handspring's evocative puppets combine with William Kentridge's moody black and white animation to tell the story of a troubled migrant worker in South Africa.



The Harder They Come UK Tour - six week tour of the iconic smash hit Jamaican musical (a co-production with Nottingham Playhouse)

Afrovibes Festival - a festival of cutting edge contemporary work from South Africa, which engages with artists from northern Europe.



The Harder They Come - five weeks at the `Canon Theatre in Toronto and three weeks at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami.
Two Gentlemen of Verona
Orfeus - Holland Festival and Wiener Festwochen
House of the Holy Afro - Linz (Capital of Culture) and London
Sheila's Day - Johannesburg and New Jersey



The Harder They Come at the Barbican
The Harder They Come at the Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, London



The Harder They Come: A revival of Theatre Royal Stratford East's sell-out production
Truth in Translation: A collaboration between The Market Theatre and Colonnades Theatre Lab about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Johnny Boskak is Feeling Funny: Greig Coetzee's award winning play about Johnny's journey across South Africa
House of the Holy Afro: Brett Bailey's kitsch and camp club show



The Island: Following on from the success of the 2005 tour, the Market Theatre return with Athol Fugard's play
Sketchy: Bill Shannon's street dance extravaganza
The Harder They Come: A collaboration with Theatre Royal Stratford East of the stage premier of Perry Henzell's iconic film
Township Stories: Paul Grootboom's gritty slice of contemporary Township Life
Nothing But the Truth: John Kani stars in his own play about truth and forgiveness in South Africa



The Island: From the world famous Market Theatre, Johannesburg, this seminal South African play told the story of two political prisoners incarcerated on Robben Island during apartheid
Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop: The founder of the New York Hip-Hop Theatre Festival brought his solo show to London's Lyric Hammersmith
White Men With Weapons: a solo show by Greig Coetzee about his experiences in the South African army as a white liberal pacifist during apartheid



Hannah & Hanna: following on from the previous touring success of this production, this moving John Retallack play hit the road again in autumn 2004
Vodou Nation: a large scale music and visual theatre piece based on the Haitian vodou rock band RAM, directed by Brett Bailey of Third World Bunfight and Geraldine Connor (Carnival Messiah)



Woza Albert!: a remount of the Market Theatre's production
Mika Haka: a Maori extravaganza not a million miles from Riverdance
Indian Ocean: a fusion band from Delhi
Students of the Asphalt Jungle: a hip-hop dance production
Out of Bounds: a South African piece about the Indian experience of Apartheid
Pieter-Dirk Uys: South Africa's more political answer to Dame Edna.



Ragamuffin: a musical about the Black British experience (UK tour and London)
The Cherry Pickers: the first Aboriginal play ever written (part of Culture Shock, the commonwealth Games Arts Festival and UK tour)
Woza Albert!: the seminal South African play about the iniquities of apartheid (UK tour and London)
Hannah and Hanna: a play about the friendship between two young women - one an asylum seeker, the other a working class girl from Margate
The Man who Committed Thought: a virtuoso solo performance about the post-colonial experience



Rome and Jewels: a hip-hop version of Romeo and Juliet from Philadelphia (UK tour followed by London run)
Stolen: Aboriginal play about the Stolen Generation (UK tour including London)
Big Dada: South African play about the rise and fall of Idi Amin (London)
Bare: a New Zealand play about the different cultures within that society (UK tour)
Yerma: an adaptation of Lorca's play set in Northern Nigeria and performed by Nigerian actors. (UK tour)



The Free State: a South African version of The Cherry Orchard, written and directed by and starring Janet Suzman (UK tour)
Inner City Jam: new UK multi-cultural musical (UK tour)
Ram: Haitian fusion band (Edinburgh Festival and subsequent UK tour)
A Woman in Waiting: one woman's story of her experiences during Apartheid (Edinburgh Festival, followed by national tour and West End run)
Circus Oz: new circus from Australia (UK tour)



Gumboots: a dance entertainment from Soweto produced with Columbia Artists and SFX (international tour including West End)
Things Fall Apart: an adaptation of Chinua Achebe's novel, co-produced with Collective Artistes in Nigeria (UK and US tours plus Lagos)
The Dreaming: Aboriginal dance company Bangarra Dance (UK tour)
Nixon's Nixon: a play about the meeting between Nixon and Kissinger set in the Oval Office, the night before Nixon's resignation. (Edinburgh festival, international tour and West End)



The Good Woman of Sharkville: a co-production with Johannesburg's Market Theatre, based on Brecht's play, The Good Woman of Setzuan (UK tour)
Mother Courage: produced with the National Theatre Guild of Uganda. An adaptation of Brecht's seminal play about the thirty years' war (US and South African tours)



American Dreams: a dance company from the US (UK tour)



The Bibi Crew: similar to The Posse, but all women (US Tour)
Joe Chavala and the Flying Foot Forum: a percussive dance company from the US (UK tour)



Marabi: a South African musical about the forced removals in the early days of Apartheid (London and UK tour plus 2 US tours)
The Posse: a Black British comedy company (US tour)



Colored Children Flyin' By: a dance/theatre piece from the US about life in the American South (London and National Tour)
River, I Don't Trust Them Anymore: a co-presentation from the US with the Black Arts Alliance (London and National Tour)



Sacred Journey: a solo performance by a Native American actor about life away from the reservations (2 UK National Tours)



Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill: a small-scale musical from Birmingham, Alabama about Billie Holiday (Edinburgh Festival and UK National Tour, including London)