Ruined, Almeida Theatre, London

// 17 April 2010

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ruined.jpgIf you’re able to go and see Ruined, do. On until 5 June at the Almeida Theatre in London:

A small mining town deep in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In Mama Nadi’s bar her rules apply. No arguments, no politics, no guns.

When two new girls tainted with the stigma of their recent past arrive, Mama is forced to reassess her business priorities and personal loyalties. As tales of local atrocities spread and tensions between rebels and government militia rise, the realities of life in civil war provide the ultimate test of the human spirit.

The play (written by Lynn Nottage), is an emotionally intense and draining experience; there were many people crying by the end of the performance I saw last night. It must be tough emotionally on the actors – who are all fantastic, by the way. As well as baring witness to some of the atrocities that have happened in the DRC, as a piece of drama it is exceptional.

The performance is being supported by the Congo Now coalition of NGOs and Amnesty.

Comments From You

Sarah // Posted 17 April 2010 at 4:21 pm

If I ever get a flight home from China, where I’m stranded, I’d love to see this. Would any other feminists like to meet up for a theatre night/chat? Would love to see it with like-minded people!

Kate Margo // Posted 20 April 2010 at 12:49 pm

Went to Ruined, and it really helped to understand the complex issues of the extreme violence against women that’s happening in the DRC. Very well done and emotional.

Heather Johnston // Posted 23 April 2010 at 2:24 am

I saw the play in NYC. A fantastic, powerful and important voice in theater. Bravo!

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