First look production images have been released for the world premiere of Lava by Congolese-British writer Benedict Lombe which is at the Bush Theatre from 9 July (press night 14 July). It will also be available for viewing online from 16 – 21 August.
Lava started life in 2020 as part of the Bush Theatre’s Protest Series, a digital artistic response to the murder of George Floyd. It has now been re-imagined as a full-length play for the stage, which ‘Could become our era’s equivalent of Athol Fugard’s Sizwe Bansi Is Dead’ – Independent.
When a woman receives an unexpected letter from the British Passport Office, she is forced to confront an old mystery: why does her South African passport not carry her first name? Armed with the wisdom of favourite 90s TV shows, she sets out on a journey that will take her back to the turmoil of Mobutu’s Congo, growing up in post-Apartheid South Africa, moving to Ireland, and finding love in a hostile England. Tickets are on sale here