By Lynn Nottage
Directed By Indhu Rubasingham
Evening performances: 7.30pm
Midweek matinees: 2.30pm on 19 May & 2 June
Saturday matinees: 3.00pm from 24 April
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.
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.
★★★★★“This is an extraordinary work of drama: horrifying, wondrous - and true…heart-stoppingly directed by Indhu Rubasingham, it’s nothing short of essential viewing.”
★★★★ "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."
★★★★ “This is dark stuff, brought rivetingly to life in Indhu Rubasingham’s production.”
★★★★ “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.”
★★★★ “Indhu Rubasingham’s production captures the oppressive and ominous tropical mood to perfection.”
★★★★ "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."
★★★★"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."
"Indhu Rubasingham directs brilliantly. And there is no shortage of comedy - and even a garnish of hope - to see us through."
★★★"Mama, [is] played with a supple, authority and pragmatic wisdom by the delightful Jenny Jules."
“The production is instantly absorbing…superb ensemble acting…Outstanding.”
Independent on Sunday
“Powerful and resonant, thrillingly brought to life in a hugely atmospheric production.”
“Tense, troubling play…given a rousing production.”
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