A new play from Mufaro Makubika exploring identity and heritage via a mother and her daughter.
When Faith begins to feel a distance forming between herself and her daughter, she realises she must take action. She decides to move her family from Nottingham to Zimbabwe in a bid to nurture the faltering mother/daughter relationship and to foster a relationship between her daughter and her native land.
Monique Touko ... builds the pace and intrigue of a supernatural story but keeps the human drama bubbling. The actors give strong performances, the palpable warmth between them helping to create a charming, motley sorority.
There’s a touch of Karen Blixen about the bucolic scenes, beautifully evoked by Zoë Hurwitz’s ethereal set. The ritual music and drumming went down well with the audience on press night but tend to mask the holes in the narrative.
The theatrics of the spiritual visions are difficult to rectify with the subtlety of the central drama, and the conclusion feels rather neat and predictable considering the tensions that build up to it.