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The Man Who Committed Thought

Presented by Tribal Soul in association with Footscray Community Arts Centre.

Passionate theatre, brilliantly performed, about matters of massive import … You are left gasping for breath. – The Scotsman

In post-colonial Lion Mountain, a determined peasant seeks justice after his cow is eaten by a greedy dictator. An initially indifferent lawyer, much given to quoting Shakespeare and the Western Canon, is forced to commit thought about his own responsibility for the state of his country. Is it all in vain?

Patrice Naiambana’s solo show The Man Who Committed Thought is inspired by the courage and humour of the people of Africa and all those who have dared to challenge ignorance and oppression.

Patrice’s work centres on the understanding that all our stories, no matter how difficult, have nobility and hope from which we can all learn. In the West, contemporary African narratives are almost entirely missing from fictional stories on television, film, radio and in theatre. The Man Who Committed Thought was created in order to shed light on Africans who are living, thinking and adapting to traumatic times and contemporary issues. It is an attempt to combat the racism and stereotyping that inevitably comes from repeated negative images and stories of a people, and to express the valuable lessons that Africa’s stories can give to the rest of the world. The play is a tribute to all those who survive war and horror and still continue to think, laugh and play.

WHEN: Friday 19 and Saturday 20 September, 7:30pm
and Sunday 21 September, 2pm

auslan logo  Auslan interpreter available for Sunday 21 September performance.
Please contact Isabel FitzGerald for further details.
Ph: 9362 8805  E: isabel@footscrayarts.com

VENUE: FCAC Performance Space

COST: $23 full, $15 concession;
$20 groups of four or more. Includes post-show discussion.


About Patrice Naiambana.

Patrice is an African performing artist from Sierra Leone, currently based in Birmingham. Patrice’s professional background includes work with the Royal Shakespeare Company, most recently playing the title role in Kathryn Hunter’s Othello, and Warwick the Kingmaker in the Olivier Award-winning Histories Cycle Ensemble.

Recent film work includes The Bible miniseries and Three Sides of a Coin directed by Tom Lawes. He starred as General Mukata in the Channel 4 sitcom In Exile, and has provided voices for the award-winning BBC animation series Nina and The Neurons and Tinga Tinga Tales. His Edinburgh Fringe First Award-winning solo show The Man Who Committed Thought has toured internationally.

He founded Tribal Soul in 1991 as a means to make visible stories from African Diaspora experiences, in response to simplistic representations of Africans in the West. His passion is performance for social transformation.

1. Photographed by Anwa Essien


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Date & Times
  • Friday 19 and Saturday 20 September, 7:30pm
    Sunday 21 September, 2pm
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