Tangle’s 2016 Art Commission by Adébayo Bolaji
Our 2016 art commission is by multidisciplinary artist Adébayo Bolaji. His work addresses human observation, race, the psychological and anthropological. >
“He’s black, you’re black, you speak the same language and you fight each other like animals”
Zimbabwe, 1984. Corruption is rife, black people are fighting black people, socialism is being replaced by rampant, vicious capitalism. Nobody is being brave.
Three men represent society in microcosm. Two workers one black and one white, and sworn enemies, are employed in the tool making workshop of an apparently socialist MP. But is it the MP, mouthing socialism while practicing the most oppressive capitalism, who is actually Zimbabwe’s real enemy?
An uplifting and comic response to the backlash of Zimbabwean independence, and as relevant today as it was 30 years ago, WORKSHOP NEGATIVE pulls no punches in airing the issues that everyone was talking about at the time, but were too afraid to raise.
CastJude Akuwudike (Mkhize) Danilo Antonelli (Ray) John Pfumojena (Zulu)
Creative TeamWritten by Cont Mhlanga Directed by Anna Coombs Designer - Colin Falconer Combat Director - Jonathan Waller Lighting Design - Hansjorg Schmidt Sound Design - Drew Baumohl
Production TeamProduction Manager - Sarah Cowan Stage Manager - Tanith MacKenzie General Assistant - Pascale Kasirabo
6th - 9th July, 2016 - Gate Theatre, Notting Hill, Pembridge Road, London, W11 3HQ