With Obuobi Onesiphorus, Margaret Delali Numekevor, Gerald Norbert Addai, David Fischer, Laila Nielsen
Text Obuobi Onesiphorus
Concept and direction Frank Heuel
Stage, set Annika Ley
Assistance Ilona Schaal

Premiere November 22, 2015, theaterimballsaal, Bonn
As part of the closing event for the European Year for Development

The international theater project BLACK WATER is based on a film script developed in Cape Coast, Ghana, by the Ghanaian author and actor Obuobi Onesiphorus. The focus is on the situation of the Fosu Lagoon which is of great ecological, economic and cultural-religious importance for Cape Coast. As a result of climate change and pollution, the lagoon’s sensitive ecosystem has suffered massive damage in recent years.

The BLACK WATER theater project is part of the Bonn – Cape Coast partnership project. It enables the encounter of African and German theater artists and thus of different play and thinking beings from two cultures far away from each other. The African artists selected during a visit to Cape Coast will work with actors from the fringe ensemble over a period of ten days to create the play with multilingual play scenes, dance elements by choreographer and dancer Margaret Delali Numekevor, and a video projection.

In August 2016, the ensemble will travel to Ghana. There, performances will initially take place in the German-Ghanaian cast. Afterwards, Ghanaian actors will take over the parts of Laila Nielsen and David Fischer so that the play can continue to be shown and toured in Ghana.

A theater project of the fringe ensemble with artists from Cape Coast on the initiative and with funds of the Office for International Affairs and Global Sustainability and the Cultural Office of the City of Bonn. The project is funded by the European Union as part of the “European Year for Development.

The August 2016 Cape Coast performances and re-casting are a collaboration with the University of Cape Coast and CILTAD. Sponsored by: Federal City of Bonn, Engagement Global, Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sports of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and Goethe Institute Accra. Supported by: Coastal TV. Thanks to: Isadora.