Theatre

Young Vic: First Look images Changing Destiny

Two actors, a hundred characters, and a 4000-year-old tale about the strength of the human spirit…

Production images have today been released for Changing Destiny, the new stage adaptation of the 4,000-year-old Egyptian poemabout the Warrior King Sinuhe, written by Booker Prize-winner Ben Okri. Directed by Young Vic Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah and vividly brought to life with design by acclaimed architect Sir David Adjaye, this in-the-round staging of one of the earliest known literary texts explores the essence of humanity and the complexities of immigration.

Joan Iyiola and Ashley Zhangazha in Changing Destiny (c) Marc Brenner

Forced to flee Egypt, Sinuhe is captured as a prisoner of war by the foreign Kingdom of Retenu. Stripped of status and tormented by memories, it is going to take all of Sinuhe’s will to survive as a stranger in an unknown land. But can Sinuhe transcend the mysterious powers of Egypt and the tribulations of exile?

Across the performance run, cast members Joan Iyiola and Ashley Zhangazha will share the role of Sinuhe, with a game played on stage at the start of each performance dictating who will play the role in that show. 

Ashley Zhangazha in Changing Destiny (c) Marc Brenner

Changing Destiny is Written by Ben Okri and Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah, with Set and Costume Design by Sir David Adjaye and Adjaye Associates, Lighting Design by Jackie Shemesh, Sound Design and Musical Direction by XANA, Projection Design by Duncan McLean, Composition by Tunde Jegede, Movement Direction by Rachael Nanyonjo, Voice and Dialect by Hazel Holder, Fight Direction by Yarit Dor, with Jerwood Assistant Director Khadifa Wong and Boris Karloff Trainee Assistant Director Xanthus.

Captioned performance: 5 August, 7.30pm

Relaxed performance: 17 August, 7.30pm

Audio Described performance: 19 August, 7.30pm

Changing Destiny is the first show to be broadcast through Best Seat in Your House, the Young Vic’s immersive multi-camera broadcast experience. Further information, including streaming ticket information, will be shared in July.

Tickets for performances of Changing Destiny are on sale now, starting at £10.

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