By Lynn Nottage
Ticket prices: £8 - £32
Thu 15 Apr 2010 - Sat 5 Jun 2010

A small mining town deep in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In Mama Nadi’s bar her rules apply. No arguments, no politics, no guns.

When two new girls tainted with the stigma of their recent past arrive, Mama is forced to reassess her business priorities and personal loyalties. As tales of local atrocities spread and tensions between rebels and government militia rise, the realities of life in civil war provide the ultimate test of the human spirit.

Ruined , commissioned by the Goodman Theatre Chicago, received its world premiere in their co-production with the Manhattan Theatre Club earlier this year and was, in addition to the Pulitzer, also the recipient of seven Best Play Awards including the New York Critics’ Circle Award, two Drama Desk Awards and four OBIE Awards.

The Almeida Theatre worked in partnership with Amnesty International for this production. As part of this partnership, on 20 May 2010 we held a special evening with Amnesty International that included a post show panel discussion. Click here to find out more about this event.

Evening performances: 7.30pm

Midweek matinees: 2.30pm on 19 May & 2 June

Saturday matinees: 3.00pm from 24 April

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Cast - Ruined
Damola Adelaja

Damola Adelaja – Simon


Whilst studying at RADA Damola appeared in Endgame, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, The Importance of Being Earnest and The Changeling. He has recently appeared in A Raisin in the Sun at The Royal Exchange, Manchester.



David Ajala

David Ajala - Fortune


David has just finished filming for the new series of Dr Who and is currently appearing in Nation at the National Theatre. He has just been nominated for a Royal Television Society award (Best Acting Performance) for his role as Flipside in BBC3's Trexx and Flipside and earlier in the year was nominated for the Ian Charleson Award.


Theatre credits include: Death and the King’s Horsemen (National Theatre); Hamlet (RSC); Love’s Labour Lost (RSC); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (RSC) The Swing of Things (The Stephen Joseph Theatre); How To Steal a Diamond (Traverse Theatre).

Television credits include: The Bill; The Revenge Files of Alastair Fury (BBC).

Film credits include: Batman, The Dark Knight; Adulthood; Kidulthood.



Michelle Asante

Michelle Asante - Salima  


Recently completed A.W.O.L directed by BAFTA winner Marc Munden (The Mark of Cain) and radio play Gone for BBC Radio 3.


Theatre credits include: Torn (Arcola Theatre); Dirty Butterfly (Young Vic); Celia (New Players Theatre); The Bacchae (National Theatre of Scotland/Edinburgh Festival/Lyric Hammersmith); OZ (Unicorn Theatre).

Television credits include: The Bill (ITV); Law and Order (ITV); Harley Street (ITV).

Film credits include: Verbo, Heat, Scarred.


Pippa Bennett-Warner
Pippa Bennett-Warner - Sophie
Pippa trained at RADA. She has previously appeared in Victory at the Theatre Royal Bath and played Emmie Thibodeaux in Caroline or Change at the National Theatre. She has also played Young Nala in The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre.

Television Includes: Lenny Henry in Pieces; Holby City 


Silas Carson

Silas Carson – Mr Harari


At the Almeida Silas appeared in John Caird’s Macbeth and has worked with Indhu before performing in Shakuntala at the Gate Theatre and A Doll’s House at the Young Vic.


Theatre credits include: Arabian Nights (RSC); Much Ado About Nothing (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Baghdad Wedding (Soho Theatre); Homebody/Kabul (Cheek By Jowl); A View From The Bridge (Sheffield Crucible).

Television credits include: Bonekickers (BBC); Waterloo Road; The IT Crowd; Spooks.

Film credits include: Pimp, Star Wars – Revenge of the Sith; Star Wars – Attack of the Clones; Fever Pitch.



Kehinde Fadipe

Kehinde Fadipe – Josephine


Kehinde is a recent graduate from RADA, during which time she appeared in Hortensia and The Museum of Dreams, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and The Custom of The Country.


Her theatre credits include Hurried Steps for New Shoes Theatre Company at the Finborough Theatre and on tour and Coming Out From the Cold for Only Connect Theatre Company. Kehinde also recorded a radio piece, Motherland, for Juliet Stevenson and The Young Vic.


Jenny Jules

Jenny Jules – Mama Nadi


Jenny has performed at the Almeida Theatre in Michael Attenborough’s The Homecoming and Big White Fog, also in Tom Cairns’ A Chain Play. She also appeared in Indhu Rubasingham’s Fabulation at the Tricycle Theatre.


Theatre credits include: A Raisin in the Sun (Royal Exchange, Manchester); Death and the King’s Horsemen (National Theatre); Gem of the Ocean, Walk Hard, Wine in the Wilderness and The Colour of Justice (Tricycle Theatre); The Vagina Monologues (New Ambassadors).

Television credits include: Vexed (BBC); Father and Son; Casualty; Judge John Deed (BBC).

Film credits include: A Short Stay in Switzerland (BBC Films).



Joel Kangudi

Joel Kangudi – Soldier, Laurent


Joel has previously appeared in The Making of Moo at The Orange Tree Theatre, Seven Other Children at the Octogon Theatre, Yeovil and the opera Un Ballo in Maschera at the Royal Opera House.



Okezie Morro

Okezie Morro – Jerome Kisembe


Whilst studying at LAMDA Okezie has performed in Days of Significance, The Merchant of Venice and The Seagull. He has recently appeared in Innocence at the Arcola Theatre.


Television credits include: Placebo (BBC); The Bill; Batch (Channel 4).

Film credits include: Gullivers Travels; Antisocial Behaviour; Red Tails. 



Lucian Msamati

Lucian Msamati – Christian


Lucian has recently starred in the BBC 1 adaptation of Alexander McCall Smith’s novel The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. He also performed in Death and the King’s Horsemen at the National Theatre and has previously performed at the Almeida Theatre in ID.


Theatre credits include: Pericles (RSC); The Overwhelming (National Theatre); Fabulation, Gem of the Ocean and Walk Hard (Tricycle Theatre); Who Killed Mr Drum? (Treatment Theatre Compnay); The Firework-maker’s Daughter (National Theatre); Born African (Over the Edge Theatre, Zimbabwe/Battersea Arts Centre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (NTO Zimbabwe).

Television credits include: Ashes To Ashes (BBC); Spooks; Too Close For Comfort (BBC).

Film credits include: The International; The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency; Dr Juju. 


Steve Toussaint

Steve Toussaint – Commander Osembenga


Steve has made numerous television appearances including The Bill, CSI: Miami, Holby City and Skins. He has also recently appeared in the Disney film Prince of Persia: Sands of Time. 


Theatre credits include: Hapgood (Birmingham Rep/West Yorkshire Playhouse); Fix Up (National Theatre); Servant to Two Masters (RSC/Young Vic); Amen Corner (Bristol Old Vic).

Television credits include: New Tricks; Them, Silent Witness, Broken News, Murder in Mind (BBC); Rosemary & Thyme; Murphy’s Law.

Film credits include: Broken Lines; Mutant Chronicles; Flight of Fury; Shooting Dogs; Dog Eat Dog; Circus; Judge Dredd; ID.


Writer Lynn Nottage

Director Indhu Rubasingham

Design Robert Jones

Lighting Oliver Fenwick

Sound Christopher Shutt

Composer Dominic Kanza

Music Director Akintayo Akinbode

Musician Joseph Roberts

Chroeographer Coral Messam

Fight Director Bret Yount

Dialect Coach Majella Hurley

Lynn Nottage - Writer

Lynn’s plays include: Intimate Apparel (New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play. Roundabout Theatre, CENTERSTAGE, South Coast Repertory); Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine (OBIE Award; Playwrights Horizons, Tricycle Theatre); Crumbs from the Table of Joy; Las Meninas; Mud, River, Stone; Por’knockers and POOF!Ruined enjoyed successful runs at Manhattan Theatre Club and the Goodman Theatre and won several awards including the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Nottage is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2007 MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant”, the National Black Theatre Festival’s August Wilson Playwriting Award, the 2004 PEN/Laura Pels Award for Drama, the 2005 Guggenheim Grant for Playwriting, as well as fellowships from the Lucille Lortel Foundation, Manhattan Theatre Club, New Dramatists and New York Foundation for the Arts.

Lynn sits on The Dramatists Guild Council, an alumna of New Dramatists and a graduate of Brown University and the Yale School of Drama, where she is a visiting lecturer. 

Indhu Rubasingham - Director

Theatre includes: Disconnect, Free Outgoing, Lift Off Clubland, The Crutch, Sugar Mummies (Royal Court); Detaining Justice, Darfur, Fabulation, Starstruck, How Long is Never, The Great Game (received a 2010 Olivier nomination; Tricycle Theatre); new adaptation of Wuthering Heights (Birmingham Rep and tour); Yellowman (also at Liverpool Everyman), Anna In the Tropic (Hampstead Theatre); The Waiting Room (National Theatre); Ramayana (Olivier/Birmingham Rep); The Misanthrope, Secret Rapture (Minerva, Chichester); Romeo and Juliet (Festival Theatre Chichester); Pure Gold (Soho Theatre); Heartbreak House (Watford Palace); Sugar Dollies, Shakuntala (The Gate); No Boys Cricket, Club, Gulp Fiction, D’yer Eat With Yer Fingers?!, Party Girls (Theatre Royal Stratford East); A Time of Fire, Kaahini (Birmingham Rep); The Morris (Liverpool Everyman); A River Sutra (Three Millsland Studios); Rhinoceros (UC Davies, Califronia); A Dolls House (Young Vic). 

Opera includes: Another America (Almeida and Sadler’s Wells). Indhu has been an Associate Director for the Gate Theatre, Birmingham Rep and the Young Vic.

Future projects include Women, Power & Politics at the Tricycle Theatre.

Robert Jones - Design 

Robert trained at Central School of Art and Design.

For the Almeida: There Came a Gypsy Riding; The late Henry Moss; The Mercy Seat.

Recent work includes: Greta Garbo Came to Donegal, Fabulation (Tricycle Theatre);Twelfth Night, Sejanus: His Fall, Venus and Adonis (RSC); Calendar Girls (Chichester, West End and UK tour); Hamlet (RSC, West End and BBC Film); The King & I (Royal Albert Hall); Cyrano de Bergerac, Hay Fever, The Music Man (Chichester); The Sound of Music (London Palladium, UK Tour, Canada and Japan); Aspects of Love (UK Tour); Voyage Round My Father (Donmar Warehouse and Wyndham’s Theatre); Rock ‘n’ Roll (Royal Court Theatre, Duke of York’s Theatre and Broadway); Heroes (Wyndham’s Theatre, UK Tour and Geffen Playhouse, L.A.); On the Town (English National Opera and Paris-Chatelet); a new translation of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca by Frank McGuinness (U.K. Tour); Cloaca (Old Vic); Piaf (Sheffield Theatres); Dancing at Lughnasa (The Gate Theatre Dublin).

Further Credits include: For the RSC: Pentecost, The Herbal Bed, Jubilee,Cyrano de Bergerac, Henry VIII (also Broadway and Washington), Romeo & Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, The Winter’s Tale, Othello, Eastward Ho! For the National Theatre: Look Back in Anger, Playboy of the Western World and Noises Off (West End and Broadway). West End: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (Strand); When We Are Married (Savoy); Lautrec (Shaftesbury); The Killing of Sister George (Ambassadors); Jolson (Victoria Palace also Canada, USA and Australia); Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, Ragtime (Piccadilly); The Goodbye Girl, Benefactors (Albery); The Real
Inspector Hound/Black Comedy
(Comedy); Dance of Death (Lyric & Australia); The Secret Rapture (Lyric).

Elsewhere: Extensive work for Hampstead Theatre and The Bush. Uncle Vanya, The Magistrate (Royal Exchange, Manchester); York Millennium Mystery Plays (York Minster); Divas (Donmar Warehouse); Stressed (Ruby Wax Tour); The Secret Rapture (Los Angeles); Lobby Hero (Donmar Warehouse and West End); Marty (Huntingdon Theatre Boston); Sweet Charity (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield).

Opera includes: Tristan & Isolde (Japan); Don Carlos (Frankfurt); Giulio Cesare (Glyndebourne and Lyric Opera of Chicago);Couronnement de Poppee (Theatre de Champs-Elysees); The Elixir of Love (ENO); Der Rosenkavelier (Wuppertal/
Gelsenkirchen); Manon Lescaut (Goteborgs Opera). Robert has been nominated for two
Olivier Awards and was the winner of the  dramalogue Critics Award and a Dora Mavor Moore Award.

Oliver Fenwick - Lighting 

Theatre includes: Ghosts (Duchess Theatre); Disconnect (Royal Court); The Drunks, The Grain Store, Julius Caesar (RSC); Happy Now? (National Theatre); Kean (Apollo, West End); Private Lives, The Giant, Glass Eels, Comfort Me with Apples (Hampstead); The Elephant Man, The Caretaker, The Comedy of Errors, Bird Calls, Iphigenia (Crucible, Sheffield);The Line (Arcola); Timing by Alistair McGowan (King’s Head); If There Is I Haven’t Found it Yet, The Contingency Plan (Bush); Hay Fever, A Doll’s House (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Sunshine Over Leith (Dundee Rep and tour); Mary Poppins (UK tour); Mary Stuart (Sweden); Endgame (Liverpool Everyman); Hedda
, The Chairs (The Gate Theatre, Dublin); The Lady from the Sea; She Stoops to Conquer, On the Piste (Birmingham Rep);Terms of Endearment (tour); Restoration (Bristol Old Vic and tour); Henry V, Mirandolina, A Conversation (Royal Exchange, Manchester); My Fair Lady (Cameron Mackintosh/NT tour); Heartbreak House (Watford Palace); Jack and the Beanstalk (Barbican); A Model Girl (Greenwich); The Solid Gold
Cadillac (Garrick); The Secret Rapture (Lyric); Noises Off, All My Sons, Dr Faustus (Liverpool Playhouse); Follies, Insignificance, Breaking the Code (Theatre Royal, Northampton); Tartuffe, TheGentleman from Olmedo, The Venetian Twins, Hobson’s Choice, Dancing at Lughnasa, Love in aMaze (Watermill, Newbury); Fields of Gold,
Villette (Stephen Joseph Theatre); Cinderella (Bristol Old Vic); Hysteria, Children of a Lesser God (Salisbury Playhouse); Three Sisters, Wild, Wild Women,The Daughter in Law (Orange Tree). 

Opera includes: Samson et Delilah, Lohengrin (Royal Opera House); The Trojan Trilogy, The Nose (Royal Opera House Linbury Studio); The Gentle Giant (Royal Opera House Clore Studio); TheThreepenny Opera (Opera Group); L’opera Seria (Batignano Festival). 

Christopher Shutt - Sound

Christopher Shutt trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

For the Almeida: Judgment Day.

Recent work includes: War Horse, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, The White Guard, Really Old Like Forty Five, Burnt by the Sun, Gethsemane, The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other, Philistines, Happy Days (also world tour), Coram Boy (also on Broadway), A Dream Play, Measure for Measure, Mourning Becomes Electra, The PowerBook, Humble Boy (National Theatre); Work for Complicite includes A Disappearing Number, The Elephant Vanishes, A Minute Too Late, Mnemonic, Noise of Time, Street of Crocodiles, Three Lives of Lucie Cabrol, and Caucasian Chalk Circle.

Other work includes: Piaf, Hecuba, The Man Who Had All The Luck (Donmar Warehouse); Aunt Dan & Lemon (Royal Court); All My Sons (Broadway); The Bacchae, Little Otik (National Theatre of Scotland); The Caretaker (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield and Tricycle Theatre); Moon for the Misbegotten (Old Vic and Broadway); King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, King John, Romeo & Juliet (RSC); Julius Caesar (Barbican); Beyond the Horizon and Spring Storm (Royal & Derngate, Northampton); The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (New York with Al Pacino and Steve Buscemi, music by Tom Waits). 

Radio includes: A Shropshire Lad; Tennyson’s Maud; A Disappearing Number; After the Quake.

Christopher has twice been awarded the New York Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Sound Design. Olivier Award Nominations for Coram Boy, War Horse, Piaf and Every Good Boy Deserves Favour.  

Dominic Kanza - Composer

Dominic Kanza has been touring around the world for the past 25 years. The guitarist / singer / songwriter has performed with a wide and diverse variety of artists, such as Jazz legends Chris Botti, Pharaoh Sanders, Michael Brecker and Bill Laswell. He has also worked extensively with singersongwriter Paul Simon, with whom he has collaborated on events such as President Bill Clinton’s inaugural ball and Simon’s annual Back at the Ranch concert series, sharing the stage with performers such as Billy Joel, James Taylor, Jimmy Buffet, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jose Feliciano and others.Dominic Kanza has also recorded with friend/ composer Bob Telson (Bagdad Cafe), and has worked with him on numerous projects, including the Broadway musical Chronicle of a Death Foretold.

As a composer, Dominic has been active in television, writing the score for a National Geographic TV documentary film. He has recorded numerous jingles and also wrote one of the theme songs for the Oprah Winfrey Show. Dominic toured and performed with the singer Harry Belafonte, appearing in a PBS television concert entitled An evening with Harry Belafonte and friends, which was released on video and CD.

In 1993, Dominic received the Award of Excellence from the United Nations Writers Association. He was one of only 25 recipients worldwide, a group which included Mikhail Gorbachev and Vanessa Redgrave. In 2004 he performed at the Blues concert at Radio City Music Hall with artists as diverse as BB King, Buddy Guy, Aerosmith and The Neville Brothers. A DVD of the show called Lightning In a Bottle was released. As the composer for Ruined, Dominic received the 2009 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music in a Play. 

Akintayo Akinbode - Music Director

Tayo has composed and been musical director for numerous companies around the country including: West Yorkshire Playhouse, Contact Theatre Manchester, Granada TV, Glasgow Citizens’, and Birmingham Rep.

Theatre includes: Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming Of The Shrew, The Count of Monte Christo, Antony and Cleopatra, The Glass Menagerie (Royal Exchange, Manchester); Our Day Out (Sheffield Crucible); Renegades, Totterdown Tanzi , Maid Marion and her Merry Men (Bristol Old Vic); Mother Courage (Nottingham Playhouse/Eclipse); In The Midnight Hour, Choo Choo Ch Boogie, Drink The Mercury (Bolton Octagon); The Gods Are Not To Blame, The Estate (Tiata Fahodzi); Yerma (Arcola Theatre); Fallen, Voices (Upswing); Danny Diva, The Buddy Bolden Experience, Heelz on Wheelz (Fittings Multi-media); Horror For Wimps, Jane Bond, Tony And Twizzle (Lip Service); Lysistrata (British Museum).

Radio includes: Shells On A Woven Cord, Listen To Your Parents, If Music Be The Food Of Love Mine’s A Jam Butty, Opera do Malandro Cat’s Whiskers (BBC Radio).

Television includes: Brooks Family Bistro; The Virtual Body; Flying Vets; Coronation
; See Here; Blue Peter; Specsavers TV adverts.

Recent work includes: One Little Word (M6); Othello (RSC); Haunted, The Miser,
and The Entertainer (Royal Exchange, Manchester); Feeble Minds (Spare Tyre); Aqua (The Generating Company/OCT East in Shenzhen, China); Fireflies (The Lowry Centre); Dick Whittington (Liverpool Everyman). 

Musician - Joseph Roberts

Educated at University College Chichester, Joseph received a BA (Hons) in Music & Media and studied Choral Composition & Arranging with Dr Michael Waite. To date Joseph has arranged music for, performed, and toured with many artists such as, Corinne Bailey Rae, Maxi Priest, Lily Allen, Carleen Anderson, Bishi, Roachford, Terri Walker, Eric Clapton, Moby, Luciano Pavarotti, Sibongile Mngoma and Ken Boothe to name but a few.

Theatre includes: Up Against The Wall (Octagon Theatre, Bolton); Mass Carib (Greenwich Theatre); The Evocation of Papa Mass (Plymouth and Brighton Dome); Once on This Island (Birmingham Rep/Nottingham Playhouse/Hackney Empire). 

Opera includes: Cry of Innocence (Greenwich Theatre). When time permits Joseph works on music projects in schools for local councils and develops and implements music projects for arts organisations.

Coral Messam - Choreographer

Trained at Northern Contemporary Dance School, Actor Centre, and currently at the Central School of Speech and Drama.

Theatre includes: To Be Straight With You (DV8 Physical Theatre); Your Fault (Cockpit Theatre); Death and the Kings Horseman (National Theatre); Lion King (Natural Theatre Company); Airplane Man (Jonzi D productions, Adzido Dance Company and Badejo Arts).

Television includes: Saturday Night Live in New York and the Jay Leno Show for Kylie Minogue. Game of Thrones (HBO); Frititi Dance Company (Fespan Festival in Congo, Brazaville).

Bret Yount - Fight Director 

Theatre includes: Shraddha, Piranha Heights, This Isn’t Romance (Soho Theatre); Babylone (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry); Two Women (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Disconnect (Royal Court Upstairs); The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Curve, Leicester); The Caretaker (Liverpool Everyman / Trafalgar Studios); Category B, The Great Game (Tricycle Theatre); Annie Get Your Gun (Young Vic); The Fastest Clock In The Universe (Hampstead Theatre); The House Of Special Purpose (Chichester Festival Theatre); The Harder They Come (Playhouse Theatre / Barbican / Toronto); Lost Monsters, Ten Tiny Toes (Liverpool Everyman); Bad Blood Blues, Family Man (Theatre Royal, Stratford East); Free Outgoing (Royal Court Theatre); Wuthering Heights (Birmingham Rep) and The Lover / The Collection (Comedy Theatre).

Film and television includes: Troy (Warner Bros); The New Girl; Shades of Beige; Against All Odds and Blue Peter.

Majella Hurley - Dialect Coach 

Theatre includes: The Seafarer, Scenes from the Big Picture, Exiles, The Night Season, Pillars of the Community,  AristocratsTranslationsAnything Goes (National Theatre); Six Degrees of Separation, National Anthems (Old Vic); Disconnect, Catch, Loyal Women, The Force of Change, Dying City, The Weir (tour), The Seagull (Broadway) (Royal Court); Days of Wine and Roses, A little World of our Own (Donmar Warehouse); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Love’s Labour’s Lost (RSC); The Great Game, Guantanamo, The Bloody Sunday Inquiry, Let there be Love (Tricycle Theatre); Journey’s End (West End/Broadway); Pygmalion (Broadway); The American Plan (Manhatten Theatre Club); Hello Dolly! (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Abigail’s Party (Hampstead Theatre/West End); Honour (Wyndhams Theatre); One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Garrick Theatre); Some Girls (Gielgud Theatre); Boeing Boeing (Comedy Theatre); Orphans (Soho Theatre); Chicago (West End/Tour); Cats (Tour); Dirty Dancing (Aldwych Theatre); The Lion King (Lyceum Theatre); Wicked (Apollo Theatre); Mother Courage, The Cherry Orchard, Far from the Madding Crowd (English Touring Theatre); Jane Eyre, After Mrs Rochester, War and Peace, Brontes, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, A Passage to India (Shared Experience).

Television includes: Cranford; Little Dorrit; White Girl; 10 Days to War; Northanger Abbey; The Old Curiosity Shop; Wuthering Heights; Married, Single, Other; Bouquet of Barbed Wire; The Swap; A Thing Called Love; Identity; Money; State of Play; Bedtime; Hearts and Bones; Gunpowder; Treason and Plot; The Whistleblower.

Film includes: Al’s Lads; Perrier’s Bounty; Intermission; With or Without You; Sleepy Hollow; Endgame; The Man; Mr Nobody; Skydance.




***** (5 stars) “This is an extraordinary work of drama: horrifying, wondrous - and true…heart-stoppingly directed by Indhu Rubasingham, it’s nothing short of essential viewing.”
Sam Marlowe, Time Out, 27 April 2010
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***** (5 stars) "Its haunting beauty lies in its insistence on the undying possibility of renewal. Extraordinary."

Lucy Powell, Metro, 26 April 2010

**** (4 stars) "Direction, design and acting are also first-rate. Indhu Rubasingham's production, aided by Dominic Kanza's music, depicts Mama Nadi's bar as a gaudy refuge from the horrors of war."
Michael Billington, The Guardian, 23 April 2010

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**** (4 stars) “This is dark stuff, brought rivetingly to life in Indhu Rubasingham’s production.”
Benedict Nightingale, The Times, 27 April 2010

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**** (4 stars) “Jenny Jules is outstanding and greatly moving as Mama Nadi, a fiercely independent woman who tries to keep balance while caught in the crossfire of war. She brings a superb power to the part, ranging from an occasional tenderness to the angry protectiveness of a lioness.”

Paul Callan, Daily Express, 23 April 2010


**** (4 stars) “Indhu Rubasingham’s production captures the oppressive and ominous tropical mood to perfection.”
Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph, 26 April 2010

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**** (4 stars) "This is an exceptionally powerful piece of writing, and Indhu Rubasingham’s direction proves pulsatingly intelligent, while the rough and unfamiliar setting is brilliantly realised by designer Robert Jones."

Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard, 23 April 2010

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**** (4 stars) "Rubasingham's fine staging, laced with evocative music, brings home the way the atrocities of war have ruined not just Sophie, but nearly everyone on stage."

Sarah Hemming, Financial Times, 25 April 2010

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"Indhu Rubasingham directs brilliantly. And there is no shortage of comedy - and even a garnish of hope - to see us through."

Kate Kellaway, The Observer, 25 April 2010

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*** (3 stars) "Mama, [is] played with a supple, authority and pragmatic wisdom by the delightful Jenny Jules."

Michael Coveney, The Independent, 26 April 2010

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“The production is instantly absorbing…superb ensemble acting…Outstanding.” 
Kate Bassett, Independent on Sunday, 2 May 2010

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“Powerful and resonant, thrillingly brought to life in a hugely atmospheric production.” 
Mark Shenton, Sunday Express, 2 May 2010

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“Tense, troubling play…given a rousing production.” 
Jane Edwardes, Sunday Times, 2 May 2010

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Jenny Jules is interviewed by

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Lynn Nottage talks to The Guardian's Nosheen Iqbal.

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Indhu Rubasingham talks to The Financial Times about Disconnect at the Royal Court and Ruined at the Almeida.

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Lynn Nottage on BBC Radio 4's Front Row.

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Lynn Nottage speaks to Catch a Vibe about Ruined.

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The Metro interview Ruined playwright Lynn Nottage.

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Ruined at the Almeida Theatre London
Audience Response

"Ruined was the best play I have seen for a decade. Well done to everyone concerned: writer, actors, director, music director, stage designer, lighting designer - everyone!"


"Tremendous script and direction, brilliantly executed by all company members – a production of which you should all to be feel very proud, and your audiences very humble, which I personally did."


"I rarely go to the theatre, but that may change. Everything about the performance blew me away - the music, the revolving set and of course, the acting. I felt like I had been transported to an actual setting. Thank you for a very memorable and thought-provoking evening."


"...a hilarious script and an amazing casting. Long life to Ruined! Definitely the must-see play of the year!"


"Ruined is easily one of the best plays I have seen in the last 5 years. All of the cast were extraordinary but Jenny Jules and Lucian Msamati deserve special mention. Congratulations."


"This was my first time at the Almeida - I thoroughly enjoyed the performance and the story production. All the actors gave an outstanding performance, and I have recommended the play to all friends who like theatre to make sure they also go to see it."


"What a moving and spectacular triumph for the Almeida. Again the theatre has staged a drama to the highest level possible...Congratulations to the entire cast, director and crew of Ruined."


"The play was excellent – been a long time since I was brought to tears by a play."

Ruined at the Almeida Theatre London

Watch footage of the American production of Ruined from 2009 and hear Lynn Nottage talking about her play.






For articles on the production and special behind the scenes features, download the Ruined programme.

Lynn Nottage spent some time in the Democratic Republic of Congo to meet women, and men, affected by the ongoing conflict. To find out more about DRC click here.

Award-winning journalist and author of Blood River, Tim Butcher successfully crossed the Congo after a four year tour as Africa Correspondent for The Daily Telegraph. Here he recommends further reading around the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

We Are Congo, a book of portraits taken in DRC by photographer Rankin, will be on sale in our foyer for the duration of the Ruined run.

Ruined at the Almeida Theatre London
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