“I want to tell you something. I want to tell you the truth. The truth is supposed to set you free, right? I mean how else would you breathe… “

Joseph Tambo is being deployed tomorrow morning. Three years ago he left Zimbabwe with his sole black suitcase and a dream of a better life. Now he’s off to fight for a country that questions whether he even belongs in it.

In this intimate confession on the long night before he goes on tour, Joseph is haunted by the loving family and the girl he has left to make it here. Having come so far, is it braver to stay in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, or to try to go home?

Written by Nottingham based Murfaro Makubika, the monologue production follows one man’s emotional journey, and his decision to fight or flight in a moment of fear.

Murfaro Makubika said: “It’s a thrill and a privilege to have this work on at the Nottingham Playhouse. How to Breathe is a play about immigrant identity. It’s a story about a Zimbabwean national, a soldier in the British army on the night before his deployment. It is an intimate confession about home, love, responsibility and society.”

Director Esther Richardson
Designer Sarah Perks
Sound Designer Adam P McCready