“My name is mandla. It means power. I gave it to myself.”
Writer and performer mandla rae has a selective memory and is scrambling to piece together a life mostly forgotten in the name of survival. Through the exploration of mandla’s fragmented asylum and migration memories, as british as a watermelon asks questions about belonging, trauma and forgiveness.
Told through an unflinching autofiction narrative weaving poetry and storytelling, set within a chaotically colourful, sensory performance space made entirely for the camera with filmmaker Graham Clayton-Chance; you are invited to watch as mandla rises from the dead to reclaim a misplaced power.
Produced by Switchflicker Productions/Jayne Compton
Director – Graham Clayton-Chance
Costume – John Krausa
Creative Advisors – Sonia Hughes and Jo Fong
Director of Photography – Benjamin Liddell
Set Designer – Michael Hankin
Production Manager – Phil Buckley
Outside Eye – Dan Watson
Supported by the UK/Australia Season Patrons Board, the British Council and the Australian Government as part of the UK/Australia Season.