NZINGA – WARRIOR QUEEN

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4 and 5 star reviews during a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016!

Some coverage and reviews here:

FEMINIST THEATRE AT THE FRINGE article

FRINGE GURU review

EDINBURGH SPOTLIGHT review

 

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A powerful exploration of one of the world’s most intriguing yet little known female rulers. Born in ancient Angola, into a patriarchal society, Nzinga defied tradition to become queen at the age of 50 with the aim of ensuring her people were kept safe from the Portuguese slave traders. A true story of unrivalled determination, incredible wit, intelligence and resilience this piece examines the challenges Nzinga faced as a woman, questioning femininity, spirituality and the thin line between right and wrong. With live percussion, physical performance and storytelling theatre.

 

REVIEWS

A remarkable piece of writing and acting. The strength of the storyline lies in the portrayal of Nzinga, not only as a political voice – the story of the struggle against slavery in Portuguese Angola – but also in the person of an independently minded woman inspired by her grandfather who had always seen the education of women as the basis for a step-change not only in women’s lives but in the development of a nation. A mesmerising performance by Ms Menzies, wonderfully supported by a drummer and digital portraits of her grandfather.  John Bishop (Audience member 2014)

 

It is not a tale about gaining power for the sake of it; rather it is about achieving justice in the face of persecution and Imperialist interference. The strength of performance comes down to the show’s direct engagement with the audience. Using eye-contact and perfectly crisp diction, Menzies draws the audience into empathising with Nzinga. Nzinga ranges from innocent, coquettish and humourous to wily and defiant, and her story has contrasting elements of lightness and pathos which carry the drama.  Broadway Baby

 

This production about a woman who reached the heights of leadership against huge odds deserves a fine future, her struggle reflecting ideas of religion, spirituality, ancestry, gender, tradition, history and racism which are still due consideration today.   Nzinga – Warrior Queen is well worth attention, for its beautiful storytelling, important information, and for Mara Menzies’ rooted, skilful and mesmerising performance.    Edinburgh Spotlight

 

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