The Convert at the Gate

Photo credit: Kwaku Kyei

The Convert by Danai Gurira is opening at the Gate Theatre from 12th January to 11th February. Great months to go to the theatre. Now I am rushing out so I have lifted the info from the Gate’s website hope you don’t mind  – voila: “Western cultural impositions and Ancient African traditions make strange bedfellows. Never sleeping with both eyes shut for fear the other will strike. It’s 1896 in Rhodesia and Jekesai has just been given her new, Catholic name. Chilford, the only black Roman Catholic teacher in the region, has decided she’ll now be known as Ester, wear European clothing and speak only in English. She’s torn away from everything that she knows by her fellow African who earnestly believes the promises of the White man. From Tony-nominated writer Danai Gurira (Eclipsed), The Convert is a compelling exploration of a pivotal moment in history, when resisting the invading Western culture could mean death.” The play runs for 2 hours 45 minutes with an interval. I like the Gate and this sounds gritty – just the ticket. gatetheatre


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