‘It’s definitely a play you want to watch’: Munashe Chirisa on his role in Stop & Search at the Arcola Theatre

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The actor chatted to Emma Clarendon about his role in Stop & Search at the Arcola Theatre.

Hi Munashe, thanks so much for talking to me. What can we expect from Stop & Search?
Expect to find that it’s not entirely about people getting stopped and searched in a literal manner, but more about “inter-policing” by different members of society.

Was there anything in particular about the story that caught your attention?
The ambiguity of Akim’s journey, we can only imagine where he’s coming from and what he’s been through.

What were your initial thoughts about the play when you first read it?
I really like how it touched on several current issues on race, Islamophoia, gender identity, and immigration.

Could you tell me a bit more about your character Akim and how he fits into the story?
He’s a young African man and initially, it’s very difficult to put your finger on what kind of person he is. He also has a symbolic role to an extent because he bears a lot of death, almost like an angel of death.

What was it ultimately that made you want to be involved with the production?
It’s a very current play, addressing very real issues in a subtle, but poetic manner.

If people are thinking about coming along to the Arcola Theatre to see Stop & Search – why do you think they should?
It’s a great play that interrogates how we perceive each other in such a diverse society. It’s definitely a play you want to watch, especially in ‘Brexit Britain.’

By Emma Clarendon

Stop & Search will continue to play at the Arcola Theatre until 9 February 2019

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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.
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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.

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