Auckland Arts Festival presents

A Man of Good Hope

Isango Ensemble/Young Vic. Based on the book by Jonny Steinberg

14 MAR - 18 MAR 2019 — Musical Theatre



Auckland Arts Festival


ASB Waterfront Theatre


150 min incl 20 minute interval


Recommended for ages 10+, Contains loud noises, haze and adult themes

Based on the book by Jonny Steinberg

Directed by Mark Dornford-May
Music direction by Mandisi Dyantyis

Escaping the ravages of civil war, eight-year-old Asad is a street smart survivor. Hustling his way from a refugee camp to the shantytowns of Ethiopia, Asad sets his sights on the bright lights of South Africa. But the tough reality of this promised land sends our resilient hero on a whole new, perilous adventure.

Energised by the joyous sounds and swagger of one-of-a-kind South African company Isango Ensemble, working in collaboration with the UK’s Young Vic, A Man of Good Hope is a musical theatre spectacle pulsing with the most urgent humanitarian crisis facing the world today. Critically acclaimed in London and New York, it’s a powerful and hopeful odyssey of forced migration, stunningly expressed by an electrifying cast of performers whose dynamic song and dance, accompanied by marimba and steeped in African tradition, will make your heart swell and your spine tingle.

Take an epic journey through Africa with this extraordinary true story, brought to life by the most irresistible music.

★★★★★ "Bursting  with  life,  this  is  a  full-blooded  hymn  to  hope." — Daily  Mail

Glorious,  vibrant musical theatre that speaks to the biggest concern of our age. — Financial  Times


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A Young Vic and Isango Ensemble Production

Co-produced by The Royal Opera, Repons, BAM and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg

Presented by arrangement with Arts Projects Australia

 Image by Keith Pattison

A Man of Good Hope

A Man of Good Hope