Theatre review: Longing for Darkness

2009-09-22 00:00

FANS of the film Out of Africa will be familiar with the name Karen Blixen. But for those of you who don’t know, she was a Danish woman who bought a coffee farm in Kenya and fell in love with Africa.

That love for the continent and its people is explored in a beautiful play, Longing for Darkness, performed by Danish actress Mia Theil Have. She reveals Blixen’s farming troubles, her romantic safaris with her lover, the Englishman, Denys Finch Hatton, and the stories she penned over many years.

Those stories are brought to life by Theil Have and one in particular, about a women who reaps an entire field’s crop on her own to save the life of her son, reduced me to tears.

Longing for Darkness is an extraordinary piece of theatre and I loved every minute of it.

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