Based on the book by Jonny Steinberg
Adapted by Isango Ensemble
A Young Vic and Isango Ensemble Production
co-produced by The Royal Opera, Repons Foundation, BAM and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg
The true story of one refugee’s epic quest across Africa, brought to life with music from the world-renowned Isango Ensemble.
Asad is a young Somali refugee with a painful past, miraculously good luck and a brilliant head for business. After years in a refugee camp and then learning to hustle in the streets of Ethiopia, he sets off for the promised land of South Africa. But when he arrives, he discovers the violent reality of life in the townships - and his adventures really begin.
The critically-acclaimed South African Isango Ensemble return to the Young Vic after the Olivier Award-winning The Magic Flute. This adaptation of Jonny Steinberg’s riveting book is told through roof-lifting songs and dance accompanied on the marimba.
A collaboration with the Royal Opera House.
“Bursting with life, this is a full-blooded hymn to hope”
“Isango Ensemble’s musical has marvellous songs and breathtaking acting”
“A terrific slice of musical theatre - this fiercely topical show is a real treat”
Mail on Sunday
"Glorious, vibrant musical theatre that speaks to the biggest concern of our age"
“An extraordinary, magical piece of theatre – all politicians should go”
"Exhilarating and inspired - I urge everyone to see this show"
"Heartbreaking, with dynamic choreography and beautiful music"
"A gorgeous score that bubbles with life - profoundly stirring"
"Powerful and vivid, Asad's story unfolds in joyous ensemble singing"
Monday - Saturday: 7.30pm
Saturday matinees: 2.30pm
(except 8 Oct)
We're hosting a post-show Q&A with writer, Jonny Steinberg and members of Isango Ensemble on 26 Oct. Find out more on the YV blog.
Flashing light effects, smoke and haze are used in this performance.
Tickets: £10, £20, £29, £35
Previews: (6 - 12 Oct) £10, £20
A limited number of discounts are available for each performance. Early booking is advised.
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Isango Ensemble's Ayanda Tikolo and Mandisi Dyantyis in conversation with Rivka Jacobson of Plays to See
"It's a story in an obscure Cape Town township, but now that story is everywhere." Artistic Director David Lan, Mark Dornford-May and members of Isango Ensemble spoke to the New York Times about the present-day parallels of Asad's journey in A Man of Good Hope
Artistic Director David Lan speaks to London Calling about Asad's journey and 'incredible resilience' in A Man of Good Hope
Isango Ensemble's Pauline Malefane spoke with theatreVoice about performing A Man of Good Hope in London
"It is a story that the whole world needs to see" Isango Ensemble's Pauline Malefane and Mandisi Dyantyis discuss bringing Jonny Steinberg's book to life on stage with Evening Standard
BBC World Service sat down with Isango Ensemble's Mandisi Dyantyis and Pauline Malefane to discuss why telling Asad's story is so important
Jonny Steinberg talks to Evening Standard about the Isango Ensemble retelling his story, A Man of Good Hope, through music
Direction Mark Dornford-May
Conductor Mandisi Dyantyis
Mandisi Dyantyis &
Movement Lungelo Ngamlana
Light Mannie Manim
Speech and Dialogue
Lesley Nott Manim
22 Oct, 2.30pm
3 Nov, 7.30pm