‘I Knew A Man Called Livingstone’ -
The story of Scotland’s great explorer from the perspective of his African friends!
It’s been long time coming but this Saturday 16th March, we are performing our first show of David Livingstone! It’s on at the Scottish Storytelling Centre at 2pm and we’d love to see you there!
What’s it about? Well, I must confess I didn’t know much about Livingstone at the beginning of last year but his story is such a fascinating one that spans so many areas of interest – medicine, religion, geography, culture, etc that it is difficult to know where to even begin his story! Born into a working class family who worked in the Blantyre cloth mills, between work, he’d find time to read and was inspired by previous Scottish explorers. He went to study after work (and he was just a young boy) then ended up convincing his father that actually medicine wasn’t such a terrible thing and it wouldn’t interfere in his faith. He ended up as a missionary in Southern Africa and that’s when he found his hearts true desire….to travel and explore.
We’ve got the FANTASTIC Isla Menzies and Ncuti Gatwa starring and it’s been directed by Annie George.
Playing different characters, the 2 performers unfold what made Livingstone so different to the other explorers/missionaries of his time. We meet people such as the wonderful princess Manenko who stood up to Livingstone. We also meet Chief Sechele, his only convert, the Arab traders to whom Livingstone was often indebted, Susi and Chuma his loyal converts who carried his body from the village of Ilala to the coast where it as sent to England!
This journey was extraordinary! 1500 miles, 8 months, 80 people, 12 of whom died en route in order for the doctors body to follow tradition and be returned to the land of his ancestors.
Truly remarkable! Gets you thinking about what people may possibly do for you when your time is up! Livingstone was not an easy man but he treated people with kindness and respect most of the time, but could often lose his temper. He was not a leader of men and was often criticised for his dangerous attitude to the expedition! But there was something special about him. If you think you know what drove Livingstone, then get in touch and let us know!