The South Sudan Theatre Company’s Cymbeline is performed in Juda Arabic as part of the Globe’s innovative programme Globe To Globe.
In April 2011, after more than 50 years of violent struggle, the Republic of South Sudan became the world’s newest country. The South Sudan Theatre Company’s Cymbeline, the first ever adaptation of Shakespeare into Juba Arabic, draws on the performance traditions of the horn of Africa.
Led by the renowned writer Taban Lo Liyong, the adaptation draws on local accents, modern slang and myth, to create a show that resonates with contemporary life and politics in South Sudan.
Globe To Globe sees every one of Shakespeare’s 37 plays performed in a different language by an international company. The result is a once in a life time, six week celebration of the incredible breadth of communities and languages that make up London’s vibrant cultural landscape.