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Kabinda - Peace Supernovae
by Shakespeare BlackRock
It is a call for peace, a prayer for peace in the world. It is a play, a story of redemption, of forgiveness, of love, and of freedom. It is both my own inner journey and life experiences. I explore issues that I believe are important for us to confront as a race. I offer a perspective that is different from the norm. It is part my own journey in the UK, my battles to secure residency permit, and my campaigning for peace and freedom.
In these pages are my hopes, my dreams, and my sincere tears and joys. It is a vision for Africa; it is a call for world peace. There are two stories that run parallel to each other, one in Africa and another in Britain. It starts in Cabinda, Africa, and I present my case for peace there as well the rest of the world. It is a challenge for us to think in other possibilities for the sake of peace. It is an ambitious project. It is, I believe, an ongoing process in which everyone should play a part. This is my contribution to peace. It is a play where reality and imagination sometimes merge, supporting each other, transcending barriers of time and space to offer solutions to many issues of our times. It is an affirmation of being.
I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing Kabinda - Peace Supernovae.
About the Author
To write something about me is a tricky task, especially when you are a playwright, a peace campaigner, and a political refugee. So that this brief description of me doesn’t become an autobiography, I shall describe myself in the context of the creation of the play. This is my first play. It came about after attending an eleven-weeks playwriting course called Critical Mass, in Coventry, where I had been living for a year. For part of that time, I had just been released from a detention centre, been made homeless living in a night shelter, and then resumed campaigning for peace and freedom. I was not allowed to work and was required to report in Solihull every week. I rediscovered writing and started a diary, which I called “Solihull Diaries,” and I would post it every week on my Facebook page. I found solace, comfort, and strength in sharing my experiences, my thoughts, and my ideas. My campaigning activities led me to write poems, deliver speeches, and conduct talks on various subjects related to my story. I became increasingly aware of many related issues and started attending various conferences. The opportunity came along for me to expand into playwriting, and the result is this play.
(2012, paperback, 472 pages)