Koffi Kwahule

“So listen: for a month, Nenesse, a whole month I will dance in this rat hole for nothing…because I know what they want, Nenesse, and what they want is to see a thirteen year old wiggling her arse to eastern music in the cellar of a crummy bar.”

Set in contemporary gangland Paris, this is the story of BINTOU: a beautiful teenage gang leader at war with the world around her.
In one of their most ambitious projects to date, the Arcola brings together a dynamic, young ensemble to present this passionate new play by French-Ivoirien writer, Koffi Kwahulé.
Koffi KwahuleDirected by Sacha Wares (‘Credible Witness’ – Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, ‘Pera Palas’ – the Gate), and designed by Linbury Prize winner Miriam Buether, who returns to the Arcola Theatre after last year’s hit production ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead’. This translation was originally commissioned by the Royal Court Theatre. John Clifford’s other works include ‘ Losing Venice’, ‘Ines de Castro’ – Traverse and the Edingburgh International Festival production of ‘Life is a Dream’.

During the run of BINTOU, the Caird Company presents staged readings of new European plays. Each focusing on the subject of young people, together they reveal some painful truths about Europe today…and how it feels to grow up in a disintegrating society.