A South African proverb says: “Money can’t talk, but it can make lies look true.”
First performed in May 2015 at the Simpkins Lee Theatre in Oxford, With You Always looks at western development investment in the African continent. Inspired by the book entitled ‘Aid, NGOs and the Realities of Women’s Lives: A Perfect Storm’, edited by Tina Wallace and Fenella Porter – research associates of IGS, Oxford. The play explores the dilemmas from the stories told in the book revolving around development aid and ”International NGOs navigating changes that challenge their role and legitimacy, their values and their overall purpose”.
Four women and two men – all committed to “Overseas Aid” in an unnamed African country, doing no harm must be the easiest thing in the world, right?
The lives of 5 characters intertwine and questions cause confrontations that reveal the dangerous, complex, disturbing and sometimes humorous, layers of the lived experience of “Overseas Aid.” A far cry from the neat, sentimental stories often told in fundraising telethons.
Ayesha Casely-Hayford, plays Dambisa – A local NGO employee.
Jenny Johns, plays the character Sam – One of two ambitious accountants on a mission to bring hope, prove her worth and oversee development projects.
Tristan Pate, plays the character Alex – The second ambitious accountant on a mission to bring hope.
Ben Owora, plays the character Christopher – NGO employee.
Amantha Edmead, plays the character Edriam – Local entrepreneur.
Jo Noble plays the character Claire – On a mission to bring hope.
Mark Ralph-Bowman – Writer
Emma Webb – Director
Dates: 4th-5th Nov 7:30pm
Venue: Arts at the Old Fire Station
40 George Street
Buy Tickets online £8 and £10
Box Office number: 01865 263990
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