World Premiere of SS Mendi: Dancing The Death Drill, based on the historic novel by Fred Khumalo and adapted by South African award-winning Isango Ensemble, opens tonight at Nuffield Southampton Theatres.
Dubbed the ‘Black Titanic’, the sinking of SS Mendi was one of the worst maritime disasters in the 20th century in Southampton waters. Yet, a startling story of hope and courage emerges. Set in Paris 40 years after the war, the story focuses on one of the ship’s passengers: Pitso Motaung, who sailed aboard the Mendi and lived to tell the tale.
An incredible story of how this maritime disaster gave rise to a life of hope, courage and resilience.
Running from 29 June – 14 July at Nuffield Southampton Theatres.
Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, Repons Foundation and Nuffield Southampton Theatres