New Play Explores Journey of a Child Soldier in the Studio

A new play which follows one young man’s transformation from boy to child soldier in Northern Uganda comes to the Studio Theatre on Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 October.

Northern Uganda. When Okumu’s village is attacked by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), he and his brother’s lives are changed forever. Far Gone is a profoundly moving story of a young boy’s journey from childhood innocence to child soldier, seen through the eyes of those that love him and those that betray him.

The piece, which was originally devised in Sheffield Theatres’ Making Room and then had its debut at Theatre Deli earlier this year, is a gut-kicking physical one-man performance, and explores political and financial decisions made by western powers, and how they affect the life of a child soldier. Written, created and performed by John Rwoth-Omack, who is currently Assistant Director on The Last King of Scotland, which runs in the Crucible until Saturday 19 October.

The Last King of Scotland gives a snapshot of life under the rule of Idi Amin, here, Far Gone draws on the personal experience of local artist, John Rwoth-Omack.

Throughout October and November, Far Gone will be embarking on a city-wide tour, including: High Storrs School (Wednesday 9 October), All Saints School (Friday 11th October), Sheffield Hallam University’s Performance Lab (Saturday 9th November) and University of Sheffield’s Firth Hall (Wednesday 13th November). It will then head out on a wider UK tour in early 2020, with venues including: Stephen Joseph Theatre (Scarborough), Nonsuch (Nottingham), Hull Truck TheatreYork Theatre RoyalHarrogate TheatreSquare Chapel (Halifax), Live (Newcastle), Cast (Doncaster) and The Lowry (Manchester).

Far Gone will be raising vital funds throughout the tour for the Women’s Advocacy Network, a charity dedicated to fighting for justice for over 900 war-affected men and women in Uganda.

Far Gone runs in the Studio from Tuesday 22 – Wednesday 23 October. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased from Sheffield Theatres’ Box Office in-person, by phone on 0114 249 6000 or online at sheffieldtheatres.co.uk.

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