mandla rae/Switchflicker Productions present

as british as a watermelon: film stream

When: Thursday 29th July 2021 

Performance Time: 7:30pm  

Tickets: Pay What You Feel (booking essential) 

Running Time: Approx. 60 mins 

Age Recommendation: 14+ 

Live Audience: Socially distanced tickets will be available and will sell out fast, audience numbers vary depending on restrictions. Please note that this is a film stream of the performance.

Online Audience: The performance will be live streamed   

“My name is mandla.

It means power.

I gave it to myself.”

mandla rae has a selective memory and they are scrambling to piece together their life. as british as a watermelon questions what it means to belong through exploring mandla’s fragmented asylum and migration memories.

Told through an unflinching autofiction narrative, weaving poetry and storytelling with destruction and colourful chaos, you are invited to join mandla as they rise from the dead and reclaim their misplaced power.


Produced by Switchflicker Productions/Jayne Compton

Director/Editor/Sound Design: Graham Clayton-Chance

Costume: John Krausa

Creative Advisors Sonia Hughes and Jo Fong

Director of Photography Benjamin Liddell

Set Designer Michael Hankin

Outside Eye Dan Watson

Production Manager Phil Buckley


Conceived with support and encouragement of rage from Mother’s Bloomers (Mothers Ruin Artist Development Scheme).


Supported by Contact, Arts Council England, GM LGBTQ Arts and Culture Network Bursary, The Lowry’s Untitled Residency 2020.

Commissioned by Contact and Hope Mill Theatre’s Turn on Fest 2020.

a person holds a watermelon and looks intently at it. They hold their hand to the watermelon.
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