Lady Macwata - Voila! Festival
Lady Macwata - Voila! Festival
Past Performance
In The Theatre
November 6th - November 10th 2018

One night, during a solitary rehearsal, Magali summons Mami Wata, a mythical African Goddess of her childhood, when Lisa disturbs her...Everything divides the two women. From then on, they tussle with one another over their beliefs and identity. Could Mami Wata hold the answers they are looking for..?

In English


'Lady Macwata' is inspired by Magali Muxart's childhood memories growing up in Africa, where mysticism plays a big part in people’s life and culture. Macbeth, Shakespeare’s famous play, was also another source of inspiration in this story. 'Lady Macwata' is a tale which empowers and embraces multiculturalism as well as to share personal stories. Through the play we wanted to raise two main themes: identity and mysticism. A musician is playing live instruments on stage with the two actors.


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6th November 20:45
7th November 20:45 (Post-show Q&A + BSL interpreted)
9th November 20:45
10th November 17:00

Creative Team
Clint Dyer Director

Clint’s directing work was born out of Theatre Royal Stratford East’s directors course. Clint went on to direct 'The Big Life' (Olivier, Evening Standard, TMA and What’s On Stage best Musical nominated) at the Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue. He then went on to direct and write 'Emergency', 'Sylvia Plath' and to direct the award winning ‘The Westbridge’ by Rachel De-lahay all at the The Royal Court Theatre. Back at Theatre Royal Stratford East he directed the hit Roy Williams play ‘Kingston 14’. Leading to directing ‘Death of England’ written by Roy Williams for The Royal Court/Guardian series of short films online called ‘Off the page’. He has directed a trilogy of short films with Positive Strides UK: ‘Pukka’, which won the Notting Hill Film Festival BCIA award; ‘One Of Us’ which won the Hollywood VSM film award for best drama, the best actor category at the BFM International Film Festival and was chosen as one of the top ten shorts by the UK Film Council’s First Past The Post scheme; and ‘Second Chance’ which played at festivals worldwide along with the other two shorts. Clint also directed and co-wrote the TV pilot ‘Fam’ (Lime Pictures).

Magali Muxart. Playwright and Performer

Actor, teacher, writer, director and founder of Ghostlight Theatre.

'Lady Macwata' is a devised work based on an original play by Magali Muxart.

Magali trained at the Cours Florent for three years, working with tutors such as Jean-Pierre Garnier, Eric Ruf and Isabelle Nanty.

Theatre includes: 'Les 7 Jours de Simon' (directed by Romane Bohringer); 'Vernissage' (directed by Guillame Canet); street theatre 'Jean Louis 2000' with company Le Muscle.

TV includes: 'Navarro', 'La Crime', 'Section de Recherche', 'Le Juge est une Femme'; 'Stella' (series 5, episodes 6, 7 & 8)

Film includes: 'Vicky Banjo' (2016 D. Imbert); 'Léa' (2011 B.Rolland); 'Les Textiles' (2004 F.Landron) 

Magali's interest in writing developed in London with 'Miss Doubizoux', a one-woman stand up comedy at the Cockpit (2015).

With 'La Troupe!', she has developed a process of collective creation and writing to deliver innovative shows which then go into production, such as 'Backstage' and an adaptation of 'Murder on the Orient Express'.

Magali started teaching at the 'Ateliers de l'Ouest' in Paris before founding Ghostlight Theatre.


Jo Martin Performer

Theatre includes: 'Everything Must Go' (Soho); 'The Frontline' (Shakespeare’s Globe); 'Family Man', 'Ready or Not', 'Funny Black Women on the Edge', 'Eldorado' (Stratford East); 'Noughts and Crosses', 'Oroonoko', 'Don Carlos' (RSC); 'Coyote on a Fence' (Royal Exhange. Manchester/Duchess Theatre, West End); 'Somewhere the Shadow', 'Meridian' (Contact, Manchester); 'Victor and the Ladies', 'Pecong' (Tricycle); 'Rocking' (Riverside Studios); 'To Kill a Mockingbird' (Mermaid Theatre); 'A Temporary Rupture' (Cockpit/Croydon Warehouse/tour); 'Beef No Chicken', 'Dog' (Shaw Theatre); 'Nobody’s Back Yard' (Umoja Theatre).

Jacqui Beckford Sign Language Interpreter

Jacqui has a 20 year history of interpreting theatre.  She is known for her work on 'Muhammad Ali and Me' (2016), 'Love is Blind' (2015), 'Champion of the World' (2012), 'Miscellaneous Crew' and much more.  For 11 years she has interpreted a range of programmes and BBC News 24.

Gerrard Martin Movement Consultant

Gerrard trained at De Montford University, gaining a BA Hons in English Literature and Performing Arts.  He went on to the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and obtained a Diploma in Professional Dance Studies.  He has danced for the Rosie Kay Dance Company, and has toured with Tavaziva Dance, Union Dance Company, as well as dancing in the West End's production of 'The Lion King'.  He has also performed with Ballet Black, Aletta Collins Dance Company, State of Emergency and Phoenix Dance Theatre.