Bunker of Zion
Set in a world where music is forbidden, the Bunker is a centre for joy, a meeting place, a defiant celebration of culture in a hostile world. The two public performances of Bunker of Zion will be held in the iconic Spanish Barn, in partnership with Torre Abbey.
Join us on your own, with a friend, or with your whole family! This live production is an opportunity for everyone to feel the energy of Zimbabwean culture and to enjoy an incredible experience together. Bunker of Zion is set to music that has been masterfully created using traditional Zimbabwe Mbira and Marimba instruments; expect joyful, bouncing rhythms and powerful songs.
John Pfumojena is an accomplished and expressive Zimbabwean musician, performer, writer, and composer. John and his ensemble will be bringing you boundless energy through a number of different art forms. You can expect traditional and modern Zimbabwean dance fusion with break dance and gumboot dance. Make sure to follow @MMAncestors for more information on John’s work.
Bunker of Zion has been developed with artists and communities nationally with the Collaborative Touring Network.
In Torbay, John has worked with Clare Parker and other local artists. Check out our social media channels in the next few weeks to learn more about the exciting group of young artists who will be performing with John and Clare.
People from Torbay, Wigan, Peterborough, Thanet, Medway, Gloucester and Scarborough have shared their stories and talents to make this show. For more information and tour listings, visit www.ctn.org.uk
Composed by John Pfumojena
Devised by John Pfumojena, with Tawanda Mapanda, Niyi Akin and the Company
Lighting Design by Joe Hornsby
Costume Design by Mydei Maf
The development of Bunker of Zion has been supported using public funding through Arts Council England, and by the following organisations: Battersea Arts Centre, Tangle Theatre Company, Prime Theatre, National Theatre Music Studio, Jerwood Arts, Strike A Light, Genesis Foundation, Hawkwood College.
The following artists have informed the creation of the work: Othnell Moyo, Raymond Mupfumira, Biliard Kambona, Takudzwa Mashonganyika, Tawanda Mapanda, Kudzanai Chikowe, Niyi Akin.
Don’t forget to check out our community artwork call-out too! All entrants get £5 tickets to the show: