15 Apr 2010 - 05 Jun 2010

Ruined

By Lynn Nottage

Directed By Indhu Rubasingham

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

Evening performances: 7.30pm

Midweek matinees: 2.30pm on 19 May & 2 June

Saturday matinees: 3.00pm from 24 April

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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.

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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.

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★★★★★“This is an extraordinary work of drama: horrifying, wondrous - and true…heart-stoppingly directed by Indhu Rubasingham, it’s nothing short of essential viewing.”

Time Out

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★★★★★ "Its haunting beauty lies in its insistence on the undying possibility of renewal. Extraordinary."

Metro

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★★★★  "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."

The Guardian

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★★★★ “This is dark stuff, brought rivetingly to life in Indhu Rubasingham’s production.”

The Times

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★★★★ “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.”

Daily Express

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★★★★ “Indhu Rubasingham’s production captures the oppressive and ominous tropical mood to perfection.”

The Telegraph

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★★★★ "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."

Evening Standard

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★★★★"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."

Financial Times

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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."

The Observer

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★★★"Mama, [is] played with a supple, authority and pragmatic wisdom by the delightful Jenny Jules."

The Independent

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“The production is instantly absorbing…superb ensemble acting…Outstanding.”

Independent on Sunday

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“Powerful and resonant, thrillingly brought to life in a hugely atmospheric production.”

Sunday Express

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“Tense, troubling play…given a rousing production.”

Sunday Times

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Cast & Creatives

Damola Adelaja
David Ajala
Michelle Asante
Pippa Bennett-Warner
Silas Carson
Kehinde Fadipe
Jenny Jules
Joel Kangudi
Okezie Morro
Lucian Msamati
Steve Toussaint

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

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