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James Barnes and The Ballerina, VAULT Festival

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Based on a true story, this ground-breaking production explores a refreshing take on what contemporary western audiences perceive as the African diplomatic class.

January 2019. Set in a country far, far, not so far away, British diplomat Colin Clutterbuck is brutally arrested by the National Intelligence Agency.
Thrown into a cell and accused of conspiring to overthrow the government, Colin fights back with wit and great British banter. Faced with infamous master interrogator Pacifique Muamba, the young diplomat is about to be painfully re-educated and taken to the brink of madness. Can she prove her innocence? Is she innocent?

The show was previously critically acclaimed at Theaterlab New York City in early 2019 and is a revolutionary narrative fused with immersive storytelling and larger than life characters. The Ballerina places the African continent at the centre of that discussion and exposes the fallacies of Democracy as a one-size-fits-all solution.

From leading theatre company Khaos the show is directed by James Barnes and written by Anne Sophie-Marie.

The Ballerina - Tuesday 31st January - Sunday 5th February 2023

Further Information:  The Ballerina | VAULT Festival