Playwright and director Chloé Hung knows what she wants to say, and says it loudly.
It’s sometimes easy to sit in a cushy world and forget about many of the injustices plaguing countries far away.
With her play All Our Yesterdays, Hung shines a searchlight on a very real and haunting problem in Nigeria, indicating her refusal to let hundreds of missing women go forgotten.
All Our Yesterdays is inspired by the events of April 14, 2014, where members of Boko Haram kidnapped 276 girls from their schools in the middle of the night. Nearly 200 of the girls remain missing today.
Hung’s play tells the story of two sisters, Hasana (Chiamaka Umeh) and Ladi (Amanda Weise), held captive by Boko Haram. It sends the audience on a non-chronological journey through the sisters’ past and highlights the many differences and struggles the two have faced, with a large focus on their family and community’s lack of understanding of Hasana’s learning disability.
The play is engrossing and beautifully acted, but a bit slow-paced, as if we are almost tip-toeing through the lives of these girls, searching for clues and trying to figure out what exactly brought them to this point. All of the mysterious plot snippets lead up to the final moment, finally set in the present, with a powerful plot twist that catches the audience off guard.
AnOther Theatre Company, partnered with Save the Children (charity), presents All Our Yesterdays at the Next Stage Theatre Festival, playing until Jan. 17. For more information visit http://fringetoronto.com/next-stage-festival/listings/all-our-yesterdays/.