Thursday 18th November
Rhoda McGaw Theatre
Powerfully moving and personal, BOY’S KHAYA is the latest work and account of Bawren Tavaziva’s
early life in Zimbabwe told through a mesmerising combination of Contemporary, Ballet and African
dance, with a music and spoken-word soundtrack. Artistic Director Bawren Tavaziva has created a deeply
relevant new work that questions who we are today in this divided world.
Performed by five outstanding Dancers, post-colonialism and injustice create a rich source of untold truths in
BOY’S KHAYA, making this extraordinary thought-provoking work a comment on what it is to be
BOY’S KHAYA, or ‘servants house’, is a colonial legacy still existing today in Zimbabwe. It refers to
living quarters used for Black servants, in stark contrast to the luxurious suburban dwellings of the
white families. The work draws evocative memories for Bawren who grew up in one and speaks
passionately, through dance, about the fragility of human beings, sparking intense emotions about
Bawren’s early life in the 70’s and 80’s under Mugabe’s rule.
“I decided to take my experience and to see how I could develop it for the stage and to reflect the world
we’re living in today…I grew up within the apartheid regime and have realised that it is not just in southern
Africa, Zimbabwe, it’s all over the world…The work itself is really focused on that and in support of the
Black Lives Matter movement.” – Bawren Tavaziva
Tavaziva addresses inequalities and oppression in our society through its productions, talks and
Learning and Participation projects. The Company encourages people from all walks of life to find their
With a powerful original narrated soundtrack and music by Bawren Tavaziva, the production is written
and choreographed by Bawren Tavaziva.
Run time: Approximately 60 minutes (no interval)
Age guidance: 12+
Tickets prices are as follows and can be booked through the Rhoda McGaw website
Standard Ticket – £16 Concession – £12
For school and college group booking discounts please contact us
Supported by Cockayne Foundation and the London Community Foundation, Foyle Foundation, Arts
Council England and Creative Scotland.
Special thanks to the Thea Barnes Legacy Fund, and to our partners bbodance, Green Hippo, Noitom,
Notch and Theatre Peckham for their support during the development of Boy’s Khaya.