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A cast of 100 children from East Africa and Brighton (UK) will come together to tell this true story, set in a refugee camp in 1994.
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 Celebrating the triumph of the human spirit, this musical is dedicated to refugees, all over the world. 

 Kesho Amahoro is a true story, set in Benaco Refugee Camp in Northern Tanzania during the Rwandan Genocide of 1994. It tells the story of the young refugee Esperance, and her siblings. They join the resilient Kasulu street kids and together they face incredible setbacks and deep heartache, but manage to look positively to the future. 

 A cast of 100 young performers from Braeburn High School, Kenya and Downs Junior School, Brighton, will come together as the ‘Chicken Knitters’ to bring this extraordinary musical to life, alongside an orchestra consisting of international musicians.

 Lizzie Jago and Anna Rusbatch founded the Chicken Knitters Theatre Company in 2009 in Kenya and 'Kesho Amahoro' was their first large-scale collaboration, with Rebecca Cooper as director in 2010. The Company strives to create innovative, challenging and thought-provoking musicals that raise awareness of social issues. 

 Kesho Amahoro was first performed in 2010 in Kenya. The Rwandan High Commissioner to Kenya (former Ambassador) H.E. Mr William George Kayonga attended the final show: 

  “I didn’t know what to expect, but WOW, it was a great, great play… In Uganda, I was a victim of bullying in school, based on the fact that I was a refugee… Thank you very much for the message you shared today.” 

 Kesho Amahoro will make its UK debut in London, on stage at the Rose Theatre Kingston at the International Youth Arts Festival 2013.

 Performances & Tickets

Friday 26th July 2013 at 12.00

Saturday 27th July 2013 at 19.30 

Sunday 28th July 2013 at 12.30 

 For tickets contact the Rose Theatre Box Office: Tel (+44) 08444 821556 or visit www.keshoamahoro.com

We hope these performances will support the children of Syria who are facing the difficulties of life as a refugee and raise awareness of their current plight.

 Your generously donated money would help us to obtain the following:

- Props, costumes and set design & construction (blocks & puppets)

- Hiring of lighting and sound equipment (head mics & UV lights)

- Customised t-shirts for cast, crew & chaperones (150 people)

- Advertising (posters, flyers, media and online exposure)

- Hire a small film crew to record and edit footage and create a documentary DVD

- Transport: van hire to transport musical instruments, staging, blocks, puppets and props

- Fund professional musicians

THANK YOU VERY MUCH - ASANTE SANA

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge is the successful coordination of and collaboration with a large international cast and orchestra. Children and adults from all over the world have been rehearsing since January 2013 in their respective countries (sometimes via Skype) in preparation for the first full cast rehearsal in Brighton on Saturday 20th July 2013.

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    You're a STAR - asante sana. Your kind donation will lead to a lovely warm sense of satisfaction knowing that you have contributed to the telling of an important, true story.

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    Thank you VERY much for any amount of hard-earned money that you choose to donate to our project. Our cast of 100 children, our orchestra and our tech and backstage crew really appreciate every penny to help make this ambitious project a successful reality.

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    You will receive a hand-written letter of thanks from a cast member, a signed photograph from the show, a face-to-face live Skype concert and 2 complimentary tickets for the performance of your choice.

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    Anna Rusbatch will write and record a personalised song for you about the topic of your choice and experience a live Skype concert with the cast. You will also receive a copy of the DVD of the live shows, a soundtrack CD and 10 complimentary tickets to the performance of your choice.

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