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STAGE – The Overwhelming 2006

It is 1994: When an American family travels to picturesque, little Rwanda, they quickly discover that they are out of their element. Jack Exley, a struggling scholar, creates enemies as he investigates a mystery disappearance. In Kigali’s nightclubs, his teenage son (Andrew Garfield) runs into trouble with adults. And his ambitious new bride embarks on a tour excursion for which not even her upbringing in Detroit can adequately prepare her. Jack then comes across the lists.

The Overwhelming, a riveting tale of a nation on the verge of extermination, had its UK premiere in May 2006 at the National Theatre in London in collaboration with Out of Joint.

2006 Jack Tinker Award 03
2006 The Milton Shulman Award 01

Reviews - What they say

"...Garfield confirms the promise..."

"Andrew Garfield confirms the promise that he recently showed in this theatre in the Burn/Chatroom/Citizenship trilogy"

Philip Fisher
British Theatre Guide

photo credit: John Haynes

The Overwhelming
Geoffrey Exley
Max Stafford-Clark
Andrew Garfield, William Armstrong, Matthew Marsh, Jude Akuwudike, Nick Fletcher, Tanya Moodie, Danny Sapani, Lucian Msamati, Babou Ceesay, Chipo Chung, Adura Onashile
Cottesloe Theatre
9 May 2006
Oxford Playhouse
5 – 9 September 2006
West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds
12 – 16 September 2006
Nuffield Theatre, Southampton
19 – 23 September 2006
Liverpool Everyman
26 – 30 September 2006
Library Theatre, Manchester
3 – 7 October 2006

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