The Dark 

Wednesday, October 13, 6:30 pm ET
Podcast Release and Listening Party

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Written by Nick Makoha (United Kingdom)

Directed by NJ Agwuna '18

Sound Design by Caroline Eng

Dialect Coaching by Irungu Mutu


In the heat of a November night in 1978, after eight years of civil war, four-year-old Nick and his mother flee their homeland of Uganda. What unfolds is a story of those who find themselves exiled, told through a series of voices echoing from varying states of darkness. 



Petrina Ampeire as Joyce (rebel radio) and Ouma (boy soldier)
Robert K Benson as Mr. Fairfax and Customs Officer
Shadrack Boakye as Soldier, Shopkeeper, and Baba Nick
Shiro Kihagi as Mama Nick
Cici Koueth as Mirembe
Julia Kwamya as Fatima and Camera Woman
Irungu Mutu as Narrator Nick & Young Nick
Chris Okawa as Ocheng, Opio, and Kigo
James Okungu as Old Man, Radio Uganda, Sergeant 853, and Kimathi

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 Creative Commons LicenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.


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Nick Makoha is a Ugandan poet and playwright based in London and founder of Obsidian Foundation. His debut collection, Kingdom of Gravity, was shortlisted for the 2017 Felix Dennis Prize and nominated by The Guardian as one of the best books of 2017. He was the 2019 Writer-in-Residence for the Wordsworth Trust and Wasafiri. He is a Cave Canem Graduate Fellow and Complete Works Alumni. He won the 2015 Brunel International African Poetry prize and is the 2016 winner of the Toi Derricotte &  Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize for his pamphlet Resurrection Man. His poems appeared in the New York Times, Poetry Review, Rialto, Poetry London, Triquarterly Review, Boston Review, Callaloo, and Wasafiri. He is a Creative Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Goldsmiths. He is a Trustee for the Arvon Foundation and The Ministry of Stories and a member of the Malika’s Poetry Kitchen collective. His play The Darkproduced by Fuel Theatre and directed by JMK award-winner Roy Alexander—was on a national tour in 2019 and shortlisted for the 2019 Alfred Fagon Award.

Saturday, October 23, 12:00 pm ET

Asiimwe Deborah Kawe (Uganda), Dima Mikhayel Matta (Lebanon), and Nick Makoha (United Kingdom). Moderated by David Henry Hwang, Theatre.


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