Bunker of Zion

13th - 14th July 2022

Event Details

John Pfumojena, The Old Courts and the Collaborative Touring Network Presents


Created and devised by John Pfumojena

Set in a world where music is forbidden, the Bunker is a centre for joy, a space for hope, a meeting place. Inside, an underground collective of artists tell stories through live music, dance and song. Outside, this is forbidden.

Scored by the Zimbabwe Mbira and Marimba instruments; Bunker of Zion is a defiant celebration of colour and culture in a hostile world.  Experience joyful, bouncing rhythms and powerful songs. This theatre production is an opportunity for everyone to feel the energy of Zimbabwean culture and to enjoy an incredible experience together.

John Pfumojena is an accomplished and expressive Zimbabwean musician, performer, writer, and composer. John and his ensemble will be bringing you boundless energy through a number of different art forms. You can expect traditional and modern Zimbabwean dance fusion with break dance and gumboot dance. Make sure to follow @MMAncestors for more information on John’s work.

Bunker of Zion has been developed with artists and communities nationally with the Collaborative Touring Network. People from Wigan, Torbay, Peterborough, Thanet, Medway, Gloucester and Scarborough have shared their stories and talents to make this show. Lexi Maize is the associate artist working with Lyrici Arts in Medway. Lexi will be fusing his dancing talent with his company members from Upside Down Dance Academy. For more information and tour listings, visit www.ctn.org.uk

Supported using public funds by Arts Council England.


Composed by John Pfumojena

Devised by John Pfumojena

with Tawanda Mapanda, Kudzanai Chikowe, Farai Nhakaniso, Niyi Akin and the company.

Lighting Design by Joe Hornsby
Costume Design by Mydei Maf

Audience Information

All performances of Bunker of Zion are Relaxed. This means there is a relaxed attitude to noise and movement in the performance space. Latecomers will be welcomed, and people are free to leave the performance space and return at any time. No changes are made to the lights and sound.

Running time: approximately 60 mins

Warning: This show contains flashing lights.







The development of Bunker of Zion has been supported using public funding through Arts Council England, and by the following organisations: Battersea Arts Centre, Tangle Theatre Company, Prime Theatre, National Theatre Music Studio, Jerwood Arts, Strike A Light, Genesis Foundation, Hawkwood College. The following artists have informed the creation of the work: Othnell Moyo, Raymond Mupfumira, Biliard Kambona, Takudzwa Mashonganyika, Tawanda Mapanda, Kudzanai Chikowe, Niyi Akin.


This show is part of our Collaborative Touring Network programme.


Date: 13/07/2022 to 14/07/2022
Location:GlassBox Theatre, Midkent College, Medway Rd, Gillingham. Kent. ME7 1FN.
Cost:Pay what you can: £1, £3, £5 or £10
Suitable for:Age: 8+
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