11 Questions with the Sizwe Banzi is Dead company – Matthew Xia

2013’s Genesis Future Directors Award-winner Matthew Xia brings his sell-out production of Sizwe Banzi is Dead back to the Young Vic. Here he answers our 11 Questions.

If you had to pick a favourite line from Sizwe Banzi is Dead, which one would it be and why?
“All I’m saying is be a real ghost, if that is what they want, what they’ve turned us into. Spook them into hell man.”
It’s beautifully poetic. I think it conveys both the position of the black man in apartheid era South Africa and the fire of frustration that burns brightly in Buntu’s heart.

What is your favourite play (seen, read or worked on)?
Thomas Ostermier’s captivating production of Hamlet.

What is your favourite midnight snack?
Pickled Onion Monster Munch.

What is your favourite word?
Cafuné – A Brazilian Portuguese word which conveys the feeling of running fingers tenderly through a loved ones hair.

What are you most passionate about?
My work.

If days were 28 hours long, what would you do with the 4 extra hours?
Write that novel I keep harping on about.

If you could be in a room full of any one thing, what would it be?
Books.

Favourite city and why?
London – a true cultural melting pot, flavoured by all those who have arrived here over many thousands of years.

Dogs or cats?
Cats. Dogs are far too demanding.

If you could have been born in any era, which would it be and why?
Ancient Greece, Athens, the birth of Democratic society and the beginnings of modern theatre and philosophy.

If you could have any one supernatural power which would you choose and why?
The power to know exactly what my fiancée is thinking at any given time.

Sizwe Banzi is Dead runs at the Young Vic until 15 March . Returns are available in person or by phone. To find out more, click here.

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