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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

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 by ETT, Brixton House & York Theatre Royal in association with Alison Holder. This production was supported by the Weston Culture Fund.


York Theatre Royal

9 - 18 Sep 2021

Brixton House

24 Feb - 5 Mar 2022

Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

8 - 9 Mar 2022

Stahl Theatre, Oundle

11 Mar 2022

Oxford Playhouse

15 - 19 Mar 2022

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

23 - 26 Mar 2022

Brixton House

29 Mar - 1 Apr 2022

Rehearsal Gallery


Creative Team


Tonderai Munyevu


John R. Wilkinson


Nicolai Hart-Hansen

Lighting Designer (York Theatre Royal)

Craig Kilmartin

Lighting Designer (Brixton House & On Tour)

Alexandra Stafford

Sound Designer & Composer

Nigel Glasgow

Production Manager

Sophie Slater

Assistant Director

Xolani Crabtree


Cassie Adey


Zoe Leonard

Sound No.1

Nevison Kusokora


James Stokes

Production Photographer (York Theatre Royal)

Jane Hobson

Production Photographer (Brixton House & On Tour)

Nigel R Glasgow

Rehearsal Photographer (York Theatre Royal)

Anja Bryan Smith

Rehearsal Photographer (Brixton House & On Tour)

Mea Prempeh


Ben Quashie


Jennifer Bakst



Tonderai Munyevu


Millie Chapanda