A new play poses difficult questions about Western philanthropy

(K. Brent Tomer),

CAN YOU party away Western liberal guilt? This is the question posed by Adam Brace’s dynamic new play “They Drink It in the Congo”. One woman’s mission to raise awareness about Congolese suffering is beset by problems both big and small, provoking questions about what this aid is truly in aid of. 

Stef (played brilliantly by Fiona Button) is an idealistic campaign manager with a background in development, and a steely determination to make the “Congo Voice” festival a success. Her sidekick is her ex-lover Tony, a politically incorrect PR guru. His (mostly ironic) racial gaffes play on Western misconceptions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

Stef wants a third of committee members to be Congolese, but Jenny from Human Rights Monitor, and Stef’s arch-frenemy, thinks this is unnecessary, “Do we want inappropriate people simply because they’re Congolese?” This would-be perfect union between NGOs and the Congolese is already on shaky ground. Stef hasn’t reckoned on disparate views within the London Congolese community. The diaspora reflect the multi-tribal makeup of the Congo—a diverse country neatly packaged together…Continue reading

via K. Brent Tomer CFTC A new play poses difficult questions about Western philanthropy

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