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When the Laughter Stops

By Sibusiso Mamba. Stand-up comic Rhakeele returns to Africa, hoping to reignite her and her husband's relationship and careers, but they soon find themselves out of their depth.

Rhakeele sees a return to Africa for a tour of her and husband Musondi's stand-up act as a chance to reignite their careers and their marriage. He's not as keen. And it turns out he may be right - as they find themselves caught in a culture clash which threatens everything, including their freedom.

by Sibusiso Mamba, co-created with Daliso Chaponda, with additional material by Ava Vidal

Director: Marion Nancarrow

Real-life stand up comedians Daliso Chaponda and Ava Vidal play married couple Musondi and Rhakeele in this new play which Sibusiso Mamba co-created with Daliso, with additional material by Ava. Rhakeele has a secret desire to go back to the country she was born in - in Africa, but for husband Musondi who has never lived there, it initially holds no attraction. Once there, however, the differences between life in the UK and life in Africa become polarised and they find themselves in direct opposition, using what they do best - stand up - to prove which of them is the stronger. But unwittingly they're making a tense situation in a country Rhakeele no longer understands far worse than they could ever realise and putting their closest friends in jeopardy.

45 minutes

Last on

Tue 15 Mar 2016 14:15


Role Contributor
Musondi Daliso Chaponda
Rhakeele Ava Vidal
Migzy Sibusiso Mamba
Ranger Sibusiso Mamba
Kapeni Lucian Msamati
Zindy Nikki Amuka-Bird
Detective Lungo Tonderai Munyevu
Thoko Tonderai Munyevu
Reverend Steve Toussaint
Heckler Steve Toussaint
Writer Sibusiso Mamba
Writer Daliso Chaponda
Writer Ava Vidal
Director Marion Nancarrow