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A film commissioned by Contact

What is the result of a lifetime of shame? mandla rae has a selective memory and they are scrambling to piece together their life. as british as a watermelon questions what it means to belong through exploring mandla’s chronic disassociation. Can we trust our memories? How do we know they are real? What is a lie and what is self-preservation? Is there such a thing as healing?

This is one of several films premiering at Queer Contact, featuring different experiences of queer identity. The event will feature a live Q+A session with the creators.

mandla rae was one of our featured artists at LINK UP in November 2020, discussing their research for this film. You can find out more about their work in their LINK UP blog here.

This performance is part of Queer Contact Festival 2021. For the first time this year, we are offering a membership deal for Queer Contact. For just £10 you can get free entry to this event and and others, plus 25% off a range of shows! To find out more, click here.

This event will be captioned.

About mandla rae

mandla rae is a queer Zimbabwean writer, performer and curator. They are agender and their pronouns are they/them. Their work typically explores their intersectional existence and their response to the world around them. They have been commissioned by many organisations across the country including the BFI, Journeys Festival International and Hope Mill Theatre to make written works. mandla has be part of Re:con and Young Identity.

Content Warning

Discussion of trauma, reference to sexual assault, child abuse, suicide, reference to border police and discussion of asylum, racism. The event will be supported by a trauma-informed specialist who will be present in the Zoom meeting and will be available to signpost sources of mental health support via the private chat function.


Produced by Switchflicker Productions/Jayne Compton
Director Graham Clayton-Chance
Costume John Krausa
Creative Advisors Sonia Hughes and Jo Fong

Conceived with support and encouragement of rage from Mother’s Bloomers (Mothers Ruin Artist Development Scheme).

Supported by Contact, Arts Council England, GM LGBTQ Arts and Culture Network Bursary, The Lowry’s Untitled Residency 2020.

Commissioned by Contact and Hope Mill Theatre’s Turn on Fest 2020.


  • Price
    £6 (Free with Queer Contact Membership)
  • Venue


  • Ages
    Recommended for ages 14+
  • Running
    60 minutes including Q+A
  • Booking info

    You will receive a link to the show via email. Please check your inboxes, including junk/spam email, for this.

Date Time
Friday 30 April 6:00pm Book