The Convert

Gate Theatre

The Convert

12 Jan 2017 - 11 Feb 2017

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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.

European Premiere


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“Astonishing... A lively, nuanced Ndiweni... A wonderfully funny, sharp Iyiola... Lip-chewingly tense... Brilliantly textured.”

Alice Saville (Time Out, Independent)

“Exerts a quiet power as it starts to grip; a fact that's largely down to fine, focused performances.”

Matt Trueman (What's On Stage, Time Out)

“Ambitious and richly written play, full of vividly drawn characters and captivatingly performed.”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“The luminous Mimi Ndiweni... finds herself at the heart of a battle over land, resources, customs, faith and truth.”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Gurira expresses powerfully the trauma and damage of cultural imposition... her characters are compelling and complex.”

Sarah Hemming (Financial Times)

“A complicated intertwining of hope and betrayal, Gurira’s play wallops down with force... Full-blooded, with a dash of melodrama”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Boldly confronts the links between Christianity and colonialism... Ndiweni excellently captures the transformation.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

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