Nzinga: Warrior Queen – a combination of 'powerful visual imagery, storytelling theatre and live African music'
Justine Atkinson of Africa in Motion film festival recommends Toto Tales' Edinburgh Fringe show
This August, the amazing, talented Scottish-Kenyan storyteller Mara Menzies and her company Toto Tales present Nzinga – Warrior Queen, as part of the Just Festival. Through powerful visual imagery, storytelling theatre and live African music, they bring to life the true story of one of the world's most intriguing yet little-known female rulers. Born into a patriarchal society in Angola in 1583, Nzinga defied tradition to become queen at the age of 50 with the aim of ensuring her people were kept safe from the technologically superior Portuguese and marauding Imbangala slave traders. This true story of unrivalled determination, incredible wit and inspirational resilience examines the challenges Nzinga faced as a woman, questioning femininity, spirituality and the thin line between right and wrong.
Nzinga – Warrior Queen, St John’s Hall, Fri 1–Sat 9 Aug. Africa in Motion Film Festival, various venues across Scotland, until Mon 28 Jul.