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Workshop Negative, 2016

by Cont Mhlanga
6th - 9th July 2016

The Gate Theatre, Notting Hill, London

Tangle Presents Workshop Negative by Cont Mhlanga

“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 pulled no punches in airing the issues that everyone was talking about at the time, but were too afraid to raise.

Watch the Workshop Negative Trailer here. 


Jude Akuwudike (Mkhize)
Danilo Antonelli (Ray)
John Pfumojena (Zulu)  

Creative Team

Written by Cont Mhlanga
Directed by Anna Coombs
Designer - Colin Falconer  
Combat Director - Jonathan Waller           
Lighting Design - Hansjorg Schmidt
Sound Design - Drew Baumohl        

Production Team

Production Manager - Sarah Cowan
Stage Manager - Tanith MacKenzie
General Assistant - Pascale Kasirabo 

6th - 9th July, 2016 - Gate Theatre, Notting Hill,  Pembridge Road, London, W11 3HQ

"There may have never been a more timely production than Tangle’s Workshop NegativeAfridiziak