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Another Africa – Shine Your Eye ()

Produced by

Volcano Theatre

Presented by

Canadian Stage

Playwright: Binyavanga Wainaina

Presented as part of a double bill with Peggy Pickit Sees the Face of God


Bluma Appel Theatre


September 26th, 2011 – October 22nd, 2011


Set between an internet scam office in Lagos, Nigeria and a virtual world of internet gaming and intercontinental Skype calls, shine Your Eye explores the notion of territory– and what possible territory might exist for a new generation of Africans, now in their twenties. The main character, Gbene Beka, a young computer programmer in Lagos and daughter of an assassinated political hero, is forced to choose between two possible futures: one Western, one African. In so doing, she is forced to look forward, into her own future, to attempt to find a territory, a way of being she can call her own. (Another Africa Program)


Dienye Waboso Gbene Beka
Muoi Nene Naijaboy
Awaovieyi Agie Beka's Father's Voice
Lucky Onyekachi Ejim Naakue Chrispin Tambari
Milton Barnes Chorus
Ordena Stephens-Thompson Doreen
Araya Mengesha Chorus

Creative Team

Binyavanga Wainaina Playwright
Ross Manson Director
Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu Assistant Director
Wangechi Mutu Avatar / Cyborg Designer
Reza Jacobs Naija Boy Composer
Marcus Moore Animator
Teddy Masuku Naija Boy Choreographer
Bonnie Beecher Lighting Designer
Teresa Przybylski Set Designer
Thomas Ryder Payne Sound Designer
Milan Shahani Costume Designer
Momme Hinrichs Projection Designer
Torge Møller Projection Designer
Heidi Strauss Choreographer
Weyni Mengesha Dramaturge
Ross Manson Dramaturge for introduction
Chris Malkowski Lighting Assistant
Leana Mukhina Assistant Costume Designer
Deborah Asiimwe Introduction Writer
Weyni Mengesha Introduction Director


Cameron Davis Projection Coordinator
Alistair Hepburn Production Manager
Dave Sansom Assistant Production Manager
Eric Armstrong Speech Coach
Giselle Clarke-Trenaman Stage Manager
AJ Laflamme Assistant Stage Manager
Joanna Barrotta Assistant Stage Manager
Joanna Barrotta Rehearsal Stage Manager
Emily Grindrod Apprentice Stage Manager
Meredith Potter Producer
Meaghan Davis Metcalf Foundation Intern


Alistair Hepburn Director of Production
Alistair Hepburn Director of Operations
Timothy Wisener Associate Producer
Chris Carlton Technical Director
Mary Spyrakis Head of Properties
Kate Ann Vandermeer Assistant Production Manager
Douglas Arculus Operations Manager
Jasmine Knox Production Assistant
Susan Batchelor Bluma Wardrobe Mistress
Karen Rodd Props Builder
Katie Horrill Props Builder
Chris Root Electrician
Reg Taylor Head Carpenter
Douglas Parker Property Master
Keijo Makela Sound Operator
Frank Erhardt Flyman
Frank Erhardt Theatre Technician