Fifth Word and New Perspectives

We Need New Names

by NoViolet Bulawayo, in a new adaptation by Mufaro Makubika Directed by Monique Touko

Paradise. Home of 10-year-old Darling and her friends: four children on the edge of innocence. A playground overflowing with mischief and games where they imagine countries a luxurious life away from theirs in Mugabe’s Zimbabwe.

But when Darling moves to Michigan, the western world she encounters as a teenager is far from the American utopia of her dreams…

Based on the novel by the first Black African woman and first Zimbabwean to be Booker Prize-shortlisted, this defiant coming-of-age story is full of exuberance, humour and humanity.

Age guidance: 14+

Post Show Q&A

Join us on Tuesday 9 May for a post-show Q&A with the cast and New Perspectives’ Artistic Director Angharad Jones. The Q&A will take place in the theatre and will last approximately 30 minutes.

Photos © Robert Day Photography


"Gripping...a great piece of theatrical storytelling"

The Times on The Fishermen (New Perspectives)

“Compassionate, emotionally astute”

The Stage on LAVA

We Need New Names

9 May 2023 - 8:00 pm
10 May 2023 - 8:00 pm

Full Price: £16
Concession: £14
Under 25s: £10

Extra information

Content warning: includes reference to violence and rape

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