When the guns are silent and the peace treaty is signed it is only then that we see the true legacy of any conflict. Annawon's Song is a multi media, drama which tells the story of a Native American military veteran who returns from the Afghanistan war wounded both in body and mind. His story is twinned with that of a young Afghani orphan who is being groomed to be a suicide bomber, a nameless casualty of a terrible conflict.
Both stories are haunted by the massacre of Wounded Knee, a massacre which took place in America in the late 1800's, carried out by the American army, in the wake of the mystical movement of the Ghost Dancers which swept the American plains. Annawon's Song highlights the fact that the most likely legacy of any war is simply more conflict.
Annawon's Song was shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon award and the Sundance Theatre lab. Its directed by Murray Woodfield and written by Beverly Andrews who was recipient of the 2017 Roland Rees Playwright Bursary.Book Now
Beverly Andrews is an award winning playwright, international journalist and an award winning documentary filmmaker. Her work has appeared on stages in both the UK and New York. She is a multiple shortlisted writer for the Alfred Fagon Award, a recipient of the 2017 Roland Rees bursary, a recipient of Talawa Theatre's black female playwright award bursary, a recipient of eight Arts Council of England research and development awards. Her play on the work of Asian suffragette Sophia Duleep Singh, was recorded for a podcast and is available as part of the Forgotten Women podcast on Spotify, the play was also produced in 2019 in Bhutan, with another production set for 2020 at Tara Arts Theatre. Her documentary on the work of Arcola Theatre, I am Going to Make a Miracle, is a recipient of three international awards and was subsequently bought by Sky Arts.Book Now
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