Long Walk To Freedom, Nelson Mandela's autobiography, took South African Monde Wani's imagination captive in 2002."I had grown up aware of the oppression, of Mandela's imprisonment," the 43-year-old says, "But it's another thing to put the flesh on the bones of what you know and discover the intricacies of Apartheid."
With this knowledge in mind, Monde wrote The Rivonia Trial, in which he plays all four characters. It begins with Mandela's first day as president in 1994 and journeys back in time through to his release in 1990, covering his 27 years of imprisonment.
The success of the piece has taken Monde to the US, Germany, Edinburgh and, from Thursday, the International Workshop Festival's Acts of Resistance Festival at Soho Theatre.
Three days will be devoted to talking revolution. Come down and consider the trials and tribulations that modern heroes such as Mandela have endured and overcome.
The Rivonia Trial, by Monde Wani, is at Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, September 25-27. £10/8. 8pm. Making Political Theatre workshop, 26 September, 10-5pm. Can Theatre Change Anything? Debate, September 27, 2pm. Call 020 7478 0100. For more see www.sohotheatre.com