The Incident is an award-winning theatrical performance by Swedish playwright Joakim Daun that tackles belonging, migration, racism and power through an intimate love story spanning Sweden and Zimbabwe.
According to a recent survey, Swedes consider solidarity, being open minded, equality and human rights to be Swedish values. At the same time, in recent years there has been an increase in hate crimes against afro-Swedes and anti-immigrant and nationalist movements are on the rise in Sweden and elsewhere in Europe.
The play takes a critical look at when belonging is conditional upon confronting an oppressive homogenous environment. It asks how ‘progressive’ people really are when they’re confronted with difficult choices. How do peoples’ own history, culture and language influence their perceptions and treatment of people that are different from them?
The Incident is brought to London by a group of UK based and Southern African artists. The play premiered at the Harare International Festival of the Arts in 2017 and was part of the main stage program at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa 2018.
‘An excellent production, highlighting lots of hidden, undiscussed issues.’ Audience member.