Take a look inside the rehearsal room for Danai Gurira’sThe Convert, directed by Ola Ince which previews at the Young Vic from 7 December.
It’s 1896 in what is modern day Zimbabwe and Jekesai, a young woman fleeing forced marriage finds herself working for devout Catholic priest, Chilford. He relishes the opportunity to mould his new convert but Jekesai’s salvation has a price.
Cast includes Jude Akuwudike, Paapa Essiedu, Ivanno Jeremiah, Luyanda Unati Lewis-Nyawo, Rudolphe Mdlongwa, Pamela Nomvete and Letitia Wright.
The Convert runs at the Young Vic from 7 Dec – 26 Jan 2019. Limited tickets from £10.
Director Ola Ince Designer Naomi Dawson Lighting Designer Bruno Poet Sound Designer & Composer Max Perryment Movement Director Coral Messam Projection Designer Will Duke Casting Director Charlotte Sutton CDG
Letitia Wright will play the role of Jekesai/Ester in the Young Vic production of Black Panther co-star, and Tony-nominated writer Danai Gurira’sThe Convert.
She is cast alongside Paapa Essiedu (RSC Hamlet) who plays Chilford, and Ivanno Jeremiah (Humans) taking on the role of Chancellor.
Further casting includes: Jude Akuwudike (Uncle); Rudolphe Mdlongwa (Tamba); Pamela Nomvete (Mai Tamba). The casting of the role of Prudence will be announced at a later date.
Directed by Ola InceThe Convert, set in 1896 in what is modern day Zimbabwe, explores if faith has a cost and if so, when that cost is too much. Jekesai, a young Shona woman fleeing forced marriage finds herself working for devout Catholic priest, Chilford. He relishes the opportunity to shape his new convert but Jekesai’s salvation has a price.
The Convert will run at the Young Vic from 7 Dec – 26 Jan 2019. Limited tickets are available from £10.
We’re thrilled to announce that Ola Ince will direct The Convert by Tony-nominated writer and Black Panther star Danai Gurira at the Young Vic this December.
In 2016 Ola was the winner of the Genesis Future Director Award which saw her direct Dutchman at the Young Vic, Amiri Baraka’s provocative play about race relations and freedom.
Ola is currently Associate Director on Tina Turner The Musical following a number of high profile roles including director of Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 (Gate Theatre, 2018), Start Swimming (Young Vic, 2017) and Assistant Director on the Donmar’s critically acclaimed Shakespeare Trilogy which transferred to St Ann’s Warehouse in New York in 2017.
The Convert, explores the impact of colonialism on heritage, history and faith.
It’s 1896 and Jekesai, a young woman fleeing forced marriage, finds herself working for a devout Catholic. Chilford dreams of being an English priest and relishes the opportunity to mould his new convert. But Jekesai’s salvation has its price as her individuality is slowly stripped away…