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Joe Douglas' one-man show about his friendship with a Ugandan boy and how what began as a request for help turned into something much more complicated.
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In 2002, Joe Douglas went on a gap year trip to Uganda, to visit an aunt who was working for a charity. Amidst the six week blur of safaris, white-water rafting and orphanages, Joe made friends with Ronnie. Ronnie was 16, Joe was 18. They were both the eldest sons of large families. They both supported Manchester United.
Six months later, back in Manchester, Joe got a text: “Brother my sponsor has pulled out on me and I want to stay in school. Can you help? Ronnie x” That text was to change both of their lives and inextricably link them together. An astonishing true story, written and performed by Joe himself, Educating Ronnie takes place over a decade: 4000 miles apart and thousands of pounds invested, it explores the murky processes behind bettering oneself in Uganda.
“As thought-provoking as they come” ★★★★ The Independent
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Reviews & features
Educating Ronnie14 Aug 2012
Compelling true-life fable engagingly told
Joe Douglas’ day job may be that of professional theatre director, but his one-man show is based on a strand of his own life that’s far richer than anything he could have made up. The story dates back ten years to his gap year in Uganda. Alongside…
Edinburgh Fringe show Educating Ronnie explores the aid debate23 Jul 2012
Fringe monologue charts true story of two friends living 4000 miles apart
On his gap year in Uganda, Joe Douglas had a blast. He was 18 years old, hanging out with his new mate Ronnie, discussing the pros and cons of Alex Ferguson, getting a local’s eye view of Mityana. Then he went home to Manchester and got on with his…
Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012: Theatre highlights11 Jul 2012
Steve Jobs, Casablanca, Belt Up, MacBeth in Scots and more
The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs. Mike Daisey’s powerful monologue, which shed uncomfortable light on the appalling working conditions in Chinese factories creating Apple products, attracted acclaim and controversy in the US. You’ll never look at…