He’s a multi-talented Ugandan artist, about to direct his first major work on a London stage. Kalungi Ssebandeke came to the UK from Kampala at the age of 10, fell in love with the arts, and has quickly established himself as ‘one to watch’. As a playwright, his debut offering Assata Taught Me premiered at London’s Gate Theatre (2017). Since then, he has won a string of prestigious arts awards, including the Bush Theatre’s Passing The Baton (2018), the Roland Rees Bursary (2020), and the prestigious 2023 JMK Award. Interview by Juanne H Fuller.
First of all, congratulations! How excited are you to be working on this project?
Very, very excited! It’s always been my dream to be at the helm of a play as a director. I feel that I’ve been working towards this moment through my acting, writing, and even to a certain degree, my music making. Bringing together all these different visions.
The play you’re currently directing, Mustapha…