mandla rae

writer and performer

mandla rae is a Zimbabwean-born writer and performer. mandla’s work draws on the artist’s intersectional existence. Using words as a medium, the artist is heavily concerned with communicating the many sensations associated with being a person. as british as a watermelon is the artist’s first solo show and will be premiering in Scotland and the 75th Edinburgh International Festival 2022. mandla uses names in place of pronouns, this is because mandla is agender and gendered pronouns do not exist in mandla’s first language, isiNdebele. mandla is obsessed with words and uses their power both written and performed to carve out a mandla-shaped space in the world.