Room of Lost Names

The play “Room of Lost Names” tells the story of a young woman who finds herself in a mysterious place, which defies the rules of her known world. She soon realises she is dead, and that she has arrived in purgatory. In the play, purgatory is a realm ruled by two opposing gods. Gumali is the god of darkness, mischief, evil, whilst Omuwanga is the god of light, goodness, purity.

To leave purgatory, the dead young woman must return her name to the gods. But no matter how hard she tries she finds she cannot remember her name. “You came and did not bring your name? Where did you leave it?” One of the gods asks perplexed.

To help her recover her name, the gods break protocol and lead her back into her life to retrace the circumstances of her death. What will she find? What will we find?

Mufasa Poet
Dembede Mido
Laura Ekumbo
Sylviah Namusasi