Dishonour

Theatre (drama, solo show)

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  • 40 minutes
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: Canada
  • Group: Mimi Ndiweni
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing themes, This play explores the terrifying practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). Whilst the show does not include anything graphic, there will be some triggering dialogue and sounds.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years
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Description

Dishonour is a powerful drama that explores the terrifying practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). Mimi, who plays all six characters, immerses viewers in the difficult truths of the FGM culture.

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  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

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Nic Lawton (co-founder of Expial Atrocious theatre company) 44 days ago

"Traditions can and should be changed when they are harmful. It's that simple."

Gosh, this piece was heartbreaking. The playful and fun opening scene which follows 5-year-old Babe is a great juxtaposition to the ending of the show. The clear, cinematic quality of this theatrical film only made the story and the feelings being portrayed feel more real.
Mimi Ndiweni is an electric young female actor who absolutely excels in this show. From her childlike voice and body language when playing Babe, to the deep calming voice of Babe's father, Ndiweni has the range and I am living for it. As she turned and made subtle differences to her body language and voice to take on the role of other characters, she really brought them to life and I could see the clear well-rounded people she was embodying. Though she only made small differences, they had a big impact. The character of the Aunty is old and settled in her traditions that it truly feels like watching another person when Ndiweni plays Shirley on the radio. Her vocal talent is incredible, and I couldn't take my eyes off of her.
This show is an intense and well-executed comment on traditions and how they affect people through the generations. What grandparents thought was right in their day can sometimes be viewed very negatively now. Dishonour touches on the themes of family, right and wrong, choosing traditions over science, and how to treat people. It is emotional and heartfelt and is great piece to raise awareness of this barbaric practice.
The dread and the tension built nicely throughout the show, only to end on an absolutely explosive climax. Ndiweni's performance in the final scene is really something to behold, her performance just tears you apart.
I was filled with anticipation for poor little Babe from the beginning, and a lot of that is down to Terrence Turner's wonderful writing and direction. The simple aesthetic of the show complimented the subject matter and did not detract from the serious topics being discussed in the piece. This is a fantastic short film that is educational and emotional.


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LouReviews (5/5 stars) 41 days ago

Dishonour is extremely distressing but essential viewing, on the difficult topic of female circumcision, or female genital mutilation.

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