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mandla rae

as british as a watermelon


“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.

mandla rae is a queer Zimbabwean writer, performer and curator. mandla is agender and has no pronouns. mandla’s work typically explores an intersectional existence enforced on the artists’ body as a result of the world we live in. mandla has been commissioned by many organisations across the country including the BFI, Journeys Festival International and Hope Mill Theatre to make written works. mandla is an Associate Artist for Outbox Theatre.

mandla rae – as british as a watermelon

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


mandla rae, as british as a watermelon
mandla rae, as british as a watermelon

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