About Here, There, Now

HERE, THERE, NOW is an exciting artistic collaboration, an international storytelling project between young women actors of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and West London, UK, in partnership with the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre of London, UK, under Nhimbe Trust's long-running Women in Theatre & Television programme.
This project is presented in partnership with the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre and Nhimbe Trust and is funded by British Council as part of their Digital Collaboration and Storytelling Grants scheme.

The Lyric Hammersmith Theatre said in their announcement on 8 April, "We are delighted to be partnering with Nhimbe Trust Zimbabwe and the British Council on Here, There, Now, a new digital storytelling collaboration that will bring together young Black women, aged 18–25, from West London and Bulawayo, Zimbabwe to create work exploring themes of womanhood, identity and race.  UK-based theatre director and writer Monique Touko and Zimbabwe-based award-winning actor, creative, poet and director ‘Lady Tshawe’ (Nomashawekazi Damasane) will lead a series of workshops throughout May 2021.

In response to Black Lives Matter and events of 2020 including the ongoing effects of the pandemic, the online collaboration HERE, THERE, NOW will provide young women with the agency, power and platform to share their voice and stories with others who are experiencing the same issues from the other side of the globe.  Online workshops will run simultaneously from London and Bulawayo as participants come together to create monologues inspired by their individual experiences yet which will be performed by their counterpart overseas. The monologues created through the workshops will be filmed and shared online and available to watch in July.


HTN - Full poster

HTN - Full poster - See image

September 20, 2021

Behind the Scenes

The thing is, with us Africans, we always want you to be happy, comfortable.  When you ask us, we will tell you what is pleasant and polite.  We will work hard and meet the requirements.  We will maintain our dignity by not mentioning the struggle that is our daily grind.  Power-outs for hours or days on end, devices dying.  Severe lockdowns within the city, movements restricted, personal safety.  Expensive and difficult access to WiFi, and poor connectivity playing hell with online meetings.  Transport uncertainties.  Hauling water.  Rocketing cost of living.

September 20, 2021

Meet the London participants of Here, There, Now

Listed below participants from London August 5, 2021

Exchanging Experiences

Intercultural exchange on the female experiences that I personally had in the “HERE, NOW, THERE” project were quite intriguing, in the fact that inasmuch as we were all from different continents (Africa and the UK), we were one in the social vices that we go through as women. Abuse in all forms, self-hate, vulnerability, loss of identity and imposed circumstances due to biological or geographical locations.

June 18, 2021


Here, There, Now Newsletter N#4 - September 2021

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Here, There, Now Newsletter N#3 - August 2021

Sunday, August 8, 2021

Here, There, Now Newsletter N#2 - July 2021

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Here, There, Now Newsletter N#1 - June 2021

Wednesday, June 30, 2021