TURN ON FEST COMMISSION: As British as a Watermelon

Mandla Rae scrambles to put together their life and the words they couldn’t speak out loud.

In ‘as british as a watermelon’, Mandla gives a glimpse into the life of a previously illegal human, picks apart trauma and the long-lasting effects of shame.

They become obsessed with watermelons and self-preservation in this spoken word exploration of displacement.

Supported by a New Performance Bursary from the Greater Manchester LGBT Arts + Culture Network. 

TURN ON FEST is a new LGBTQ+ Festival, hosted by Hope Mill Theatre, in collaboration with Superbia (at Manchester Pride) and Mother’s Ruin. See the full list of events.

Production Information




One Night Only!


£7 full / £5 concession (+£1.50 booking fee)

Show Dates

20th of January, 2020

Running Time: 30 minutes

Interval: No

Any Warnings: Rape, UK Border Police discussion

Age Restriction: 18+