Price: 2pm free; 7.30pm £7.50-£15.00
Written and directed by Chris Haydon, AMANDLA! (Power to the People!) charts the remarkable life of Nelson Mandela. ‘The Struggle is my Life’, he famously said. From his tribal boyhood and education in Methodist missionary establishments, to his time as a freedom fighter, through the Robben Island years, to the peak of his fame as President of South Africa, Freewheelers have re-imagined this momentous tale of struggle, hope and inspiration, to find new resonance with a cast of disabled and non-disabled performers who themselves understand ‘struggle’ every day.
AMANDLA! uses drama, dance, media, fine art and music to tell this almost incredible true story. The play also focuses on two of the white protagonists of the anti-apartheid movement: remarkable men who stood out against the comfortable status quo for their beliefs. English-born Father Trevor Huddleston – a lifelong anti-apartheid campaigner, and journalist Donald Woods who told the truth about Steve Biko’s death. Donald and Wendy Woods’ story became the plot to Richard Attenborough’s feature film, Cry Freedom. The couple fled South Africa and settled in Surrey!
There is a special documentary strand that emerged from within the company. We are indebted to Gabrielle Thorpe for sharing her story with us. It may surprise you.