Anna Mudeka's Kure Kure / Faraway Tour!

With thanks to Arts Council England Funding we are producing Anna’s one-woman show Kure Kure/Faraway…..

Kure Kure / Faraway

A Tale of Ancestors, Identity, Atavism, Migration and DNA

On Tour Nationally; Summer & Autumn 2019


Zimbabwean born multi-instrumentalist, dancer and actress, Anna Mudeka, brings her tour de force one woman show, Kure Kure/ Faraway, to audiences across the UK over summer and autumn 2019.

Kure Kure/ Faraway chronicles the mass exodus of Anna’s ancestors, the Bantu tribe, across central Africa and frames it in her personal struggle of balancing a quest for global adventure while remaining true to the traditions of her dynastic forebears. It’s a story of identity, assimilation, and challenges faced by migrants, as relevant in ancient times as they are today.

Told through the music, dance and mesmerising ululation of the Shona people, accomplished mbira player Anna sets the scene for an epic odyssey traversing legends of the African diaspora, evoking ancestral and modern identities. From the fabled great march of the Bantu Tribe across the Tanganika and Baka regions to Zimbabwe some 5000 years ago, Kure Kure/Faraway, explores seismic shifts in the regions’ cultural history. 

Homage is paid to the spiritual deity and she-warrior Nehanda who united the Ndebele and Shona tribes to rise up in the first Chimurenga war against western colonialists in the late 1890’s and whose execution has defined Zimbabwean nationalism ever since. Anna conjures the sensory influence of her grandmother in a deeply personal soundscape, contrasting this with the emotional jolt of moving to a new country and finding herself alone, vulnerable, excited and empowered.

“I am a proud Bantu, Munhu, Ubuntu - human being. My identity, my history, my ancestral beliefs, my DNA has made me who I am. I am everything and everyone who has lived before me!”

Kure Kure/Faraway is a multi-dimensional show that employs Anna’s traditional skills as a highly talented mbira (thumb piano) player, drummer, singer and dancer set alongside multi-media imagery and video. Many of the shows are accompanied by interactive and immersive workshops, perfect for all ages and abilities to learn clapping rhythms, shakers & drumming, dance moves and so experience a true taste of Zimbabwean culture. An invitation to remember ancestors, their wisdom and their stories, these workshops offer an insight into the uplifting and soulful spiritualism of a Bira Shona celebration.

Kure Kure/Faraway is an original theatre work devised by Anna Mudeka and a team of associate artists. Directed by David Farmer, produced by Arts La’Olam and co-commissioned by Norwich Arts Centre, this tour has been funded by Arts Council England. For a taste of Kure Kure/Faraway, click here

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Kure Kure / Faraway Tour Dates 2019


Wednesday 5 June show 7pm

Norwich Arts Centre 01603 660352

Saturday 15 June Presentation 2.15pm

St Antony's College, Oxford University

Thursday 20 June show 7.30pm

Wells Maltings, Wells-next-the-Sea 01328 710885

Saturday 22 June show 7.30pm

The Cut, Halesworth 0300 303 3211

Friday 28 June show 7pm

Rosemary Branch Theatre, Islington, London

Saturday 29 June workshop 2pm, show 7pm

Tom Thumb Theatre, Margate


Friday 6 September show 7.30pm

The Auden Theatre, Holt 01263 713444

Friday 20 September show 7.45pm

Northern Stage, Newcastle Upon Tyne 0191 230 5151

Saturday 21 September show 7.45pm

Sir John Mills Theatre, Ipswich 01473 211498

Sunday 22 September Interactive Performance 1pm

Art Eat Festival, Ipswich Waterfront 07990 802776

Saturday 28 September workshop 2pm show 7.30pm

MAC Birmingham 0121 446 3232


Saturday 5 October w/s 2pm, show 7pm

Westcliff St George’s Church, Southend on Sea 01702 436659

Saturday 12 October show 7pm

Zion Arts Centre, Manchester 0161 226 1912

Friday 18 October show 7pm

The Curve, Slough

Saturday 19 October workshop 3.30pm show 7pm

Cloverhill Community Centre, Norwich 01842 751975

Sunday 20 October workshop 2pm

Colston Hall, Bristol

Sunday 20 October show 7pm

Zion Bristol 0117 923 1212

Tuesday 22 October workshop 2pm show 7pm

Coast Arts Festival, Cromer Community Centre

Thursday 24 October workshop 2pm show 7pm

Firstsite Gallery, Colchester 07900921916

Friday 25 October workshop 2pm show 7pm

St George's Guildhall Kingslynn 01553 764864


Friday 1 November show 7pm

The Exchange Twickenham, London 020 8240 2399

Saturday 2 November show 7pm

Carnegie Hall, Thetford TBC 01842 751975

Thursday 21 November workshop 2pm show 7pm

Diss Corn Hall 01379 652241

Friday 22 November show 7pm

Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft 01502 589726