London — The South Sudan Theatre Company (SSTC) has received glowing praise for their performances of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline in London‘s historic Globe theatre.
As part of the Globe to Globe festival South Sudanese actors and production team travelled to London to perform the play in Juba Arabic, in the reconstructed home of Shakespearian theatre.
An international audience gave the South Sudanese a warm reception.
Giving it four out of five stars, the Guardian said of the performance, “The world’s youngest nation seems delighted to be here and, played with this much heart, even Shakespeare’s most rambling romance becomes irresistible.”
Sudan Tribune spoke to the production’s translator, Derik Uya Alfred, and director, Joseph Abuk, on Saturday.
Uya said they chose Cymbeline because of the parallels between its conflict between Britain and Rome, and the Sudanese civil war which ended in 2005, leading to the independence of South Sudan in 2011.
In Cymbeline a peace agreement is similarly reached and a process of mediation is carried.
With conflict between Juba and Khartoum flaring up once again, the play’s content is all the more pertinent.
The production was executed by people from all over South Sudan. “The beauty of art is that it is not a simple thing which is segregated;
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