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The Garbage King

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About the Show Less...

A story about two unlikely friends who meet in Addis Ababa. Read More >

The Garbage King, the acclaimed novel by Elizabeth Laird, is adapted for this stage premiere at the Unicorn theatre.

When Mamo meets Dani in a graveyard in Addis Ababa, he sees a spoiled little rich boy. To someone who has been abandoned in the city’s shanties and forced to flee child traffickers, it seems that only a fool would run away from such a privileged life.

But the two runaways turn out to have more in common than they first imagine, and soon strike up an unlikely friendship. When the struggle for survival draws them into a street gang, they rapidly find themselves entirely dependent on their ties to their gang mates, and one another.

The Garbage King features live music and a set made from recycled and found objects to create the sights and sounds of the Ethiopian capital city.

The Garbage King is suitable for ages 10+


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 25/09/2010

Opening Night: 30/09/2010

Closing Night: 31/10/2010

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Cast & Creative


Director - Rosamunde Hutt

Designer - Jean Chan

Choreographer - Jeanefer Jean-Charles

Lighting Designer - Ian Scott

Author - Elizabeth Laird

About Unicorn Theatre

147 Tooley St, London SE1 2HZ

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