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Mugabe, My Dad and Me

"Something strange happens when the past comes crushing into you, right in the present."

‘Munyevu is an ambitious and incisive storyteller’ The Stage
‘impressively challenging and thought-provoking’ The reviews Hub
‘engaging and passionate’ WhatsOnStage

2022 tour to be announced soon

April, 1980. The British colony of Rhodesia becomes the independent nation of Zimbabwe. A born free, Tonderai Munyevu is part of the hopeful next generation from a country with a new leader, Robert Mugabe.

Mugabe, My Dad & Me charts the rise and fall of one of the most controversial politicians of the 20th century through the personal story of Tonderai’s family and his relationship with his father.

Interspersing storytelling, live music from a Gwenyambira (a female mbira player) and some of Mugabe’s most unapologetic speeches, this high-voltage one man show is a blistering exploration of familial love, identity and what it means to return ‘home’.

Shortlisted for The Alfred Fagon Award 2019

A co-production with York Theatre Royal in association with Alison Holder.


York Theatre Royal

9 - 18 Sep 2021 Tickets →

Rehearsal Gallery

Creative Team


Tonderai Munyevu


John R. Wilkinson


Nicolai Hart-Hansen

Assistant Director

Xolani Crabtree

Sound Designer & Composer

Nigel Glasgow


Tonderai Munyevu

Millie Chapanda