Obsidian Theatre Company

who knew grannie: a dub aria (World Premiere)

who knew grannie: a dub aria (World Premiere)

by ahdri zhina mandiela

in association with Factory Theatre

Directed by ahdri zhina mandiela



Joseph Jomo Pierre

Miranda Edwards

Andrea Scott


Xuan Fraser



Amina Alfred


who knew grannie: a dub aria is about four cousins who reunite for the burial of  their grandmother, the woman who raised them. They go back to Jamaica and reclaim their past and discover who they are through childhood games, songs and powerful memories. On the wings of the symbolic sankofa bird, the cousins go on a powerful cathartic journey full of joy, laughter and pain to the music of the heart and the drums of their homeland. Factory Artistic Director Ken Gass says mandiela, who is also an award-winning director and performer, “… has a unique muscular poetic voice that drives this imaginative and very theatrical new form, the ‘dub aria’: u can’t run/run/run from the roots u need to redeem for a future.”

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