The Incident

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Language: English
Featured Artists: Writer & Producer Joakim Daun Director: Elizabeth Zaza Muchemwa Cast: Mimi Ndiweni and Nikola Ruzicic Dramaturge: Zoë-Guzy Sprague
Company: The Incident Project

“Why do I have to represent a whole race when I just want to represent me?”

THE INCIDENT is an award-winning play by Joakim Daun that tackles belonging, migration, racism and power through an intimate love story spanning Sweden and Zimbabwe.

How ‘progressive’ are people really, when they’re confronted with difficult choices? How far are people willing to go to understand those people with different cultural and ethnic backgrounds?

THE INCIDENT explores the realities of being in an interracial/cultural relationship and living in a different culture, far from family, support, and tradition. It takes a closer at who we allow to belong in our societies and what it means to be an ambitious, non-white woman in a mostly white male dominated society.

Directed by Elizabeth Zaza Muchemwa and starring award winning actress Mimi Ndiweni and Nikola Ruzicic, THE INCIDENT is brought to National Arts Festival by a team of South African and international theatre makers.

“Enlightening. Wow, that was raw. No filter. Loved it.” – Audience Feedback

Awarded Outstanding Theatrical Production at 2018 Zimbabwean NAMA awards

“An excellent production- Highlighting lots of hidden undiscussed issues” – Audience Feedback

  • Produced in association with Bilimankhwe Arts with support from the Swedish Author Fund and the Swedish Embassy in Pretoria. Grateful thanks to Michaela Waldram-Jones; Goldsmiths Theatre dept, University of London; and Poplar Union. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

THE INCIDENT is part of the STAGED platform, a partnership between the National Arts Festival and UJ Arts & Culture, Division of the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (FADA)

The Incident Project – We tell untold stories and produce exciting and thought-provoking theatre by bringing together artists and ideas from diverse backgrounds.

Lighting design: Nic Farman
Scenic Design: Cecilia Trono
Technical Stage Manager/Sound Design: James Ball
Music: Lovedale Makalanga & Brezhnev Guveya
Stage Managers: Lavinia Serban & Thabiso Tshbalala
Workshop facilitators: Thoriso Moseneke & Courage Chinokewtu
Film/Trailer: Anton Califano
Graphic Design: Paula Teras/Tyme Design

Joakim Daun is a Swedish theatre maker with a background in human rights who has worked extensively in Africa and Latin America. He writes and produces intercultural theatre that question current power structures from the perspective of the individual as well as the collective. He holds an MA in writing for performance from Goldsmiths, University of London.

Elizabeth Muchemwa is a Zimbabwean theatre Director working as an associate artistic director at Almasi Collaborative Arts in Zimbabwe. She has directed a number of shows and staged readings including the premiere of The Incident at Harare International Festival of the Arts in 2017. She is also a playwright and poet and has been a playwriting residency at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in the UK.

Mimi Ndiweni is a British actress with Zimbabwean descent and the 2018 Off West End award winner for best actress in London for her role as Jekesai/Ester in The Convert at Gate Theatre. TV credits include Mr Selfridge and BBC drama series Rellik and for film The Legend of Tarzan. She is currently touring with the Royal Shakespeare Company as Ophelia in Hamlet. She trained at Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama.

Nikola Ruzicic is a Swedish actor whose work includes appearances in two of Sweden’s most prominent primetime tv-shows “Maria Wern” and “The Fourth Man”, the upcoming feature film “Huldra”, and the Cannes-screened provocative short film “Mannequins.” Nikola trained at Kogan Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and also has earned a BA honours degree in media/communication and English.

Zoë Guzy Sprague is an American dramaturge based in London. She works as a freelance dramaturge, writer and creative writing facilitator and is currently a member Orange Tree’s Writer’s Collective in London. She holds an MA in Writing for Performance from Goldsmiths, University of London.



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  1. vmoleshe2 3 July 2018 at 7:15 pm

    Intriguing story – Monica’s story was real and relatable. Set was awesome, characters were very good ! Could not stay for the discussion after but I’m sure is was robust.

  2. paula.lopes 3 July 2018 at 7:16 pm

    Loved this story the acting and setTouching story

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