EIF: as british as a watermelon

EIF: as british as a watermelon

Evening: 8pm
Running time (approx.): 1 hour


Tickets bookable via Edinburgh International Festival
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Tickets £15*

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as british as a watermelon

Join queer Zimbabwean performer mandla rae for this colourful & personal exploration of childhood migration memories.

‘My name is mandla.
It means power.
I gave it to myself.’

Zimbabwean writer and performer mandla rae has a selective memory and is scrambling to piece together a life mostly forgotten in the name of survival. Through the exploration of mandla’s fragmented LGBTQ asylum and childhood migration memories, as british as a watermelon asks powerful questions about belonging, trauma and forgiveness.

Told through an unflinching narrative, weaving poetry and storytelling together with destruction and colourful chaos, you are invited to join mandla’s rise from the dead and reclamation of misplaced power.

The Refuge series is supported by British Council, Edinburgh Futures Institute at the University of Edinburgh and Claire and Mark Urquhart.

Made possible through the PLACE programme



Refuge Series

mandla rae Writer and Performer


All tickets are sold via the Edinburgh International Festival.

From priority booking, under-18s are entitled to a 50% discount and disabled people are entitled to a 30% concession discount.

From 8 April 2022, there is a 30% discount for recipients of pension credit, universal credit, employment and support allowance or jobseeker's allowance, art workers, full-time students and 18-25 year-olds . Subject to availability and may exclude top-price tickets. Proof of eligibility may be requested at venues.

Ticket prices may vary from previously published prices.


All discounts may be withdrawn at any time. 



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