Silent Voices

Play Synopsis

Silent Voices is a powerful poignant war crimes story that mirrors the views and emotions of actual victims of the Northern Uganda war (which do relate in many ways to the victims of the Rwanda genocide and the Kenyan’s post-election violence). It explores how victims have been ignored in the constant calls to “forgive” and “reconcile” at the expense of justice. Through the protagonist, (Mother – a symbolic representation of life and death) Silent Voices examines what good citizens can be driven into by unhealthy policies.

Play Inspiration and Journey

As an Acholi woman born and raised in the region, Silent Voices Playwright ADONG Lucy Judith was one of the young people who walked every evening to spend the night at the infamous Gulu bus park referenced in the viral “KONY 2012” video. Adong attended the high school from which 44 girls were abducted by Joseph Kony and his LRA rebels in 1991 (Sacred Heart Girls Boarding School in Gulu). These horrifying events are deeply personal to her, and yet she was fortunate: due to miracle of a chance, she was able to leave war-ravaged Gulu for college and thereafter work in Kampala. As a result, she knew only the feeling of terror, but was not aware of the bitterness, betrayal and injustice that so many Acholi survivors feel towards local and national government leaders.

 

In 2006 Adong returned to Gulu and began to interview the men, women and children who survived Kony’s reign of terror. She visited rehabilitation centers for child soldiers in Gulu to study how theater was being used in the psychosocial therapy of the children who filled the ranks of Kony’s army, one of the largest child armies in human history. She also listened to the anger and frustration expressed by victims about the Amnesty Act, which they felt ‘rewarded’ perpetrators for confessing to often heinous crimes. So rather than write a research thesis that would gather dust on the shelves of Makerere University Library, she felt so strongly that these stories – these war-weary yet defiant voices – needed to be heard and witnessed by the world. This is why she wrote Silent Voices. The title isn’t a reference to the people of Northern Uganda, whose voices are powerful, raw and stunning. Rather, it speaks to the repressive silencing these victims feel that their government is forcing on them in the name of forgiveness.”

 

Developed at the Sundance Theater Lab 2010, Silent Voices had its world premiere at the National Theater of Uganda in 2012 funded by STICHTING DOEN (DOEN FOUNDATION). This production brought victims, political, religious and cultural leaders, members of the Amnesty Commission and transitional justice leaders together for critical, transformative conversations about the compensation of victims and the National Peace and Reconciliation Bill. For many in the Kampala audience, the atrocities in Gulu were unfamiliar and shocking. It was stunning to realize that so many in southern Uganda were oblivious to the horrors taking place in the north. The performance was a huge critical success, playing to sold-out audiences.

Creative Team

ADONG Lucy Judith

 

Playwright & Producer

DENNIS Hilton-Reid 

Director

SSEBAGGALA Andrew Jedidia

Co-Producer

Cast

KEMIYONDO Coutinho
as Mother
OPOLOT Henry Opio
as Guard 1 / Man
KIYEGGA Andew
as Guard 2 / Boss
Masaaba Roger
as CID / Mediator / LC5 / Judge
LUSWATA Musa
as Juma / Journalist / MP / Court Clerk
OYENBOT Gladys
as Margret
ACAYE Pamela
as Wife / Prosecutor
TUWANGYE Richard
as Husband
MUSISI Nkakalukanyi Patrick
as Omony
WAWUYO Michael
as Bishop / Journalist / Mother's Lawyer
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CLARK Jabel
Boy 1 aka Commmander Man / Kadogo Smiles
KISALA Ross Dedi
as Kadogo Action / Boy 4
SSERUNJOGI Abdul Lynus
as Kadogo Ninja / Boy 5
UMBYEYI Alice
as Girl 1
NAKIRANDA Phyllis
as Fiona / Girl 2
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MIREMBRE Sasha
as Brenda / Girl 4
NAKAYIMA Antonia
as Scovia / Girl 3
AIJUKA Alvin
as Boy 3 aka Commander Danger Hatari
OPIYO Webster
as Boy 2 / Kadogo NoJoke
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AMESO Tabitah aka Biibo Tag
as Dancer / Woman
BABIRYE Sylvia
as Dancer / Bride
BIRUNGI Justine
as Dancer / Soldier 1 and 3
BUKENYA Ronald
as Dancer / Groom / Keyboardist
KAFULUMA Peter
as Dancer / Latigo
KYEYUNE Francis
as Dancer / Man 2
NAMAGANDA Angella
as Dancer / Amaal
SEMBATYA Edward
as Dancer / Soldier 2
TUMUHAIRE Derrick aka Hi Derrick
as Dancer / Soldier 4
KASAMBA Denis
as Dancer / Soldier 5
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Press & News

Crew

KAYA Kajimu
Stage Manager
NABAASA Esther
Music Composer / Director
ABONGA Christopher
Instrumentalist
KASAMBA Denis
Dance Choreographer
WAWUYO Michael
Set, Props, Costumes, Hair and Make-Up Desiger
KIBIRIGE Shakirah
Ass. Set, Props, Costumes, Hair and Make-Up Desiger
SENKUMBA Adnan
Sound Designer
KYABAGU John-Bosco
Publicity and Marketing / Advocacy
ORINGA Christopher
Advocacy Officer
OCWEE Irene Trends
Community Liaison Officer
WANDERA Annet
Project Coordinator, Taibah International Schools
AKELLO Gloria
P.A Writing / Children Welfare
NANYANZI Bridget
Children Welfare, Taibah International Schools
KAYINZA Maureen
Children Welfare , Taibah International Schools
KADDU Fred Kirabira
Driver , Taibah International Schools
NSIME Sulieman
Driver, Alfajiri Productions Ltd
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ACAYE Pamela

as Wife / Prosecutor