Aberys­t­wyth Arts Cen­tre, Fri & 17 Nov; Birm­ing­ham Rep, 20 to 24 Nov; tour­ing 5 Mar to 11 May

The Guardian - The Guide - - Stage -

Gen­der-swap­ping in pro­duc­tions is all the rage and here it’s in an un­likely ve­hi­cle, an adap­ta­tion of Joseph Con­rad’s 1899 novella Heart of Dark­ness, the tale of lies and greed and one man’s jour­ney up the Congo river into the cen­tre of Africa. This pro­duc­tion by Im­i­tat­ing the Dog reimag­ines the story as a black woman’s trail through war-torn Eu­rope, en­coun­ter­ing a dev­as­tated con­ti­nent, rais­ing themes of gen­der, race, ex­ploita­tion, vi­o­lence and na­tion­al­ism.

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