Empress Taytu Betul by Doris Allimadi

Venue: South Street (Directions)

Sun 14 Oct, 16:00
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A jam packed afternoon beginning with a contemporary play, ‘Empress Taytu Betul’. A blend of fact and fiction about the badass, sassy and no nonsense Empress of all of Ethiopia who dared to stand up to the Commanders and Generals of the Italian Army, when Italy threatened to make Ethiopia it’s protectorate. “Absolutely not”, she said, “I would rather go blind, lay dead in a ditch than be a slave to Italy”.

The humorous play is 40 minutes, poking fun at Emperor Menelik 11, who preferred to leave difficult decisions to his wife for fear of becoming unpopular. 'Empress Taytu Betul' is written by Doris Allimadi, the author of ‘Lost, my battle with depression’, ‘Secrets of my heart’ and ‘Black and Queer’.

The play will be followed by singing and dancing. Reading's own Real O' Rael will provide his usual energetic and feel good performance.

There will be a Caribbean chef, JI Ben Forte, so why not have Sunday dinner with us at South Streets Arts Centre?

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South Street

21 South Street, Reading, RG1 4QU

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Contact: Box Office: 0118 960 6060; Administration: 0118 937 3456

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