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The Dark review – dangerous escape from Idi Amin's Uganda

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The Egg, Bath
Nick Makoha’s fragmented and vertiginous account of his treacherous journey to Britain is a story of our times

On the left of the stage, a screen projects the Miltonic line: “No light, but rather darkness visible.” On the right, a mother and son board a minibus to begin a treacherous journey out of their Ugandan homeland in 1979, as the nation is torn apart by political turmoil in the dying days of Idi Amin’s regime.

The boy is the play’s writer, the poet Nick Makoha, and this imaginative enactment of his escape out of Africa is a personal narrative about the loss of home, as well as a fractured story of a country as it descends into violent chaos.

Touring the UK until 16 February

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