The mess left by colonialism

A remarkable one man play is showing here next week. The Rain that Washes tells the story of Chickenshed employee Christopher Maphosa who grew up to see Ian Smith’s white supremacist Rhodesia become the brutal regime of Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe, depriving Zimbabweans of all they had fought for. From refugee camps in Botswana to air strikes in Zambia via an escape to learn the principles of Marxism in

Bulgaria, Christopher returns to Zimbabwe to witness the greatest betrayal of all.

Writer Dave Carey wanted the play to speak to a generation which has no understanding of what happened in former colonial countries. “It’s fantastic for the audience to see part of the mess we left behind as well as what has happened subsequently. The issue of Gukuraundi is a raw and open wound for so many people, but with Chris’s help I hope we have brought this out in a sensitive and respectful manner,” he says.

Growing up in an apartheid-controlled South Africa, Christopher became part of the revolutionary force trying to overthrow the Smith regime. As the struggle becomes more political and the response more repressive, Maphosa is sent to Bulgaria to be educated, and returns to a different country from the one he left behind. Both humorous and intensely shocking, performer Ashley Maynard enacts Christopher’s extraordinary story and the characters of the allies that accompanied him. – For more info visit: Tickets from Leicester Square Theatre on 08448 733 433 or

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