When Swallows Cry

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Language: English
Director: Lesedi Job
Written By: Mike Van Graan
Featured Artists: Mbulelo Grootboom, Kai Brummer, Martin Kintu
Company: MVG Productions

When Swallows Cry is a hard-hitting trilogy of playlets that explores the inequities and layered complexities of contemporary global mobility. particularly from African perspectives.

Once forced to “migrate” as slaves, Africans are now among the world’s least attractive migrants in the wealthy economies of the world, many built – not insubstantially – on African labour and mineral resources. Set in three different countries, the play gives a moving and honest depiction of the lives of immigrants, and explores the spaces that immigrants occupy and the spaces that they are denied access to.

When Swallows Cry interweaves three different stories three scenarios, set in African or about African migrants and refugees. Directed by Lesedi Job, the talented cast comprises Mbulelo Grootboom, Marty Kintu and Kai Luke Brummer, all of whom are challenged to play three contrasting characters in the three inter-spliced stories.

This play comes at a time when the theme of migration and refugees has taken on huge political importance globally. Commissioned by Ibsen International, a Norwegian theatre company, and first produced by the Market Theatre where it played to sold-out houses and critical acclaim, this staging of When Swallows Cry is produced by MVG Theatre Productions, Ibsen International and the Market Theatre.

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  1. ryanl-1051 28 June 2018 at 7:24 pm

    You know that feeling when you leave a show absolutely speechless, simply thinking “what just happened

  2. vmoleshe2 3 July 2018 at 7:12 pm

    Simply amazing – this show was raw and felt me raw too. Must see !

  3. theklinex 4 July 2018 at 3:13 pm

    The last of the three stories that make up this trilogy is riveting. The actors deliver nuanced performances and the dialogue is solid and authentic. The other two pale in comparison, largely due to stereotypical character portrayals and unfortunate attempts at Australian and American accents.

  4. paula.lopes 6 July 2018 at 8:25 am

    I don’t know why but I did struggle in some places understanding the accents. But that didn’t take away from really good stories and acting

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