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Kesho Amahoro [Synopsis] is a true story, set in Benaco Refugee Camp in Northern Tanzania during the Rwandan Genocide in 1994. It tells the story of Esperance – a young girl who is determined to keep her brothers and sister together, despite losing their parents and witnessing the horrors of the genocide. They join the Kasulu street kids, an amazingly strong and resilient bunch of youngsters. Esperance falls in love with JP, the leader of the gang, and together they face incredible setbacks and deep hearbreak. But they always manage to look positively to the future. This play is dedicated to all the refugees, young and old, all over the world, who despite their horrific experiences and dire conditions, are still the strongest, most uplifting people that I have ever met. May we all, with them, believe in Peace, tomorrow.(Lizzie Jago, 2010)
A cast of 100 young performers from Braeburn High School in Nairobi, Kenya and Downs Junior School, Brighton, plus a small orchestra, will come together to bring this extraordinary musical to life.
Lizzie Jago and Anna Rusbatch founded the Chicken Knitters Theatre Company in 2009 in Kenya. The Company strives to create innovative, challenging and thought-provoking musicals that raise awareness of social issues, historical events and true stories.
Kesho Amahoro was first performed in 2010 in Kenya. The Rwandan High Commissioner to Kenya (former Ambassador) H.E. Mr William George Kayonga attended the final show:
“I didn’t know what to expect, but WOW, it was a great, great play … In Uganda, I was a victim of bullying in school, based on the fact that I was a refugee … Thank you very much for the message you shared today.”
Kesho Amahoro will make its UK debut in London, on stage at the Rose Theatre Kingston at the International Youth Arts Festival 2013. Ticket sale profits will be donated to Save the Children and the UNHCR to support the children of Syria currently facing the difficulties of life as a refugee.
Friday 26th July 12.00
Saturday 27th July 19.30
Sunday 28th July 12.30
For tickets contact the Rose Theatre Box Office:
Tel: 08444 821556 or visit www.rosetheatrekingston.org
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