A Market Theatre Production, South Africa – a play by Mike van Graan
– The two key fault lines in the world today are inequality and culture –
When Swallows Cry interweaves three stories set in Africa, or about African migrants and refugees.
One story features a Canadian teacher – initially assumed to be an American – who is captured by a group of bandits in a West African country.
A second story features two Zimbabwean teachers who flee the economic hardships of their country in a boat heading to Fiji where they will not require visas for at least three months.
The third story tells of a Somalian who leaves his war-torn country for South Africa, only to experience brutal xenophobic violence that obliges him to seek refuge in America.
When Swallows Cry is a hard-hitting trilogy of playlets that explores the inequities and layered complexities of contemporary global mobility, particularly from African perspectives.