Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Art

After Kinte

A watercolour painting of a group of figures sitting around a table. At the bottom of the image in red paint is the text 'if you think about mothers with their sons,'
A watercolour painting with a blue circle containing a roundtable painted on the right hand side, and in the top left is brown circle with semi-circles surrounding it.
Dates and Opening times

Thu 6 June, 2pm
Sat 8 June, 1pm  
Wed 12 June, 7pm
Fri 14 June, 7pm
Sun 16 June, 4pm

Tickets will be available to book in May 2024


Tramway Theatre 
25 Albert Drive
G41 2PE

Tako Taal
Presented by

Glasgow International with CAPC Bordeaux

Supported by

Commissioned by Glasgow International and co-produced by CAPC, Bordeaux. With support from British Council Spotlight on Culture and presentation support from Tramway.  


Good access: The venue has ramped or level access and/or lifts to access upper floors

Toilets: The venue has toilets available for visitors

Accessible Toilets: The venue has a wheelchair-accessible toilet

Gender Neutral: The venue has toilets not separated by gender or sex

Refreshments: There is a café or somewhere you can purchase refreshments

Baby Change: The venue has baby change facilities

Bike Rack: there is cycle parking at the venue  

After Kinte is a newly commissioned performance by Glasgow-based artist Tako Taal. Taking place on five occasions throughout the festival, the work comprises a theatrical staging of a script by Tako for three performers.

The performance continues Tako’s interest in the slippage between individual identity and wider cultural histories. After Kinte builds on research into the format of the actors’ roundtable, synonymous with the US-based film industry magazine The Hollywood Reporter. At these roundtables, celebrated actors often reflect on the experience and art of inhabiting a character, and the impact this has on their everyday lives.

After Kinte’s title references the fictional character, Kunta Kinte, at the centre of Alex Haley’s bestselling novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family, 1976. Kinte is based on an ancestor of Haley’s who was enslaved in The Gambia throughout the 18th century and taken to North America. In 1977 Roots was serialised for television and became the most watched TV mini-series. The global success of Roots has led to Kinte’s Gambian birthplace becoming a site of pilgrimage, a condition that Tako has previously explored in her work and circulates through the character of Kunta Kinte as a cultural spectacle. After Kinte questions the various ways that histories and memory may resurface in the present day, and how characterisation can become a place of genesis or departure.

Adam Kashmiry
Sabrina Mandulu
Rebecca Wilkie

Sound Design
Claude Nouk

Conor Baird