The Bush Theatre is proud to present the European premiere of Jackie Sibblies Drury’s hit play We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884 – 1915 in a new ★★★★★ (Metro) production directed by Gbolahan Obisesan.
“I’m not doing a German accent
You aren’t doing an African accent
We aren’t doing accents”
A group of actors gather to tell the little-known story of the first genocide of the 20th Century. As the full force of a horrific past crashes into the good intentions of the present, what seemed a far away place and time is suddenly all too close to home.
Just whose story are they telling?
Award-winning playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury collides the political with the personal in a ‘witty and ingenious’ (The Guardian) play that ‘takes your breath away (Metro).
We Are Proud to Present… was in New York Magazine’s ‘Top 10 Theater Picks of 2012’ and won great acclaim in productions across America. This critically acclaimed European premiere production marks Gbolahan Obisesan’s return to the Bush Theatre where his Fringe First award-winning play Mad About the Boy sold out in 2011.
Kirsty Oswald plays Actor 5 / White Woman
Recent Theatre credits include: The Winter’s Tale, (Sheffield Crucible, 2013), The Judas Kiss (Hampstead Theatre, 2013), Four Dresses (Rose Bruford, 2011)
Recent TV credits include: Ripper Street, (2013), Holby City (BBC, 2012), Doctors (BBC, 2012)
Recent Film credits include: A little Chaos (Feature, 2013) Le Weekend (Feature, 2012)
Joshua Hill plays Actor 3 / Another White Man
Recent Theatre credits include: Saved (Drama Centre, 2013), Once in a lifetime (Drama Centre, 2013) Rose Bernd (Drama Centre, 2012)
Recent TV /Film Credits: Vera (ITV, 2013), Pride (Feature film, 2013)
Kingsley Ben-Adir plays Actor 2 / Black Man
Recent Theatre credits include: Much Ado About Nothing (Old Vic, 2013) Gods Property (Soho/Talawa, 2013) A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream (Regents Park Open Air, 2012) The Westbridge (Royal Court, 2011)
Recent TV credits include: Vera (ITV, 2013) Marple: A Caribbean Mystery (ITV, 2012)
Recent Film Includes: The Rats Routine (Arinze Kelly, 2011) World War Z (Paramount, 2011)
Ayesha Antoine plays Actor 6 / Black Woman
Theatre credits include: Tartuffe (Birmingham Rep, 2013), Surprises (Stephen Joseph Theatre, 2013), Absurd Person Singular (Stephen Joseph Theatre, 2012), Cinderella (Theatre Royal Stratford East, 2011), Red Riding Hood (Theatre Royal Stratford East, 2010)
TV credits include: Bellamy’s People (2010) BBC, Skins (2009) BBC3, Mouth to Mouth (2009) BBC3, Doctor Who (2007) BBC Television
Joseph Arkley plays Actor 1/ White Man
Recent Theatre credits include: Home (Arcola Theatre, 2013), Jungle of the Cities (Arcola Theatre, 2013), Titus (Made In Scotland Showcase, 2013), Brilliant Adventures (Manchester Royal Exchange, 2013), Black Battles with Dogs (Southwark Playhouse, 2012).
Recent Film Includes: Pelican Blood (Ecosse, 2008)
Isaac Ssebandeke plays Actor 4 / Another Black Man
Recent Theatre credits include: One Monkey don’t stop no show (Tricyle Theatre, 2013) There’s only one Wayne Matthews (Sheffield Crucible, 2010), Depth Charge (Gecko, 2008) The Coat (National Theatre, 2008)
Recent TV credits include: Holby City (BBC, 2010) , The Well (BBC2, 2009), Dublate Drama (Channel 4, 2009) Skins (Series 3, episode3, E4, 2009) Casualty (BBC, 2009)