Chandler Carter Composer


Nelson Mandela baritone
Winnie Mandela soprano
Prison Guard, Judge, Governor and other white characters bass
Young South African woman and Radical soprano
Older South African woman & Radical mezzo-soprano
Young South African Man tenor
Zulu Leader and various traditional African characters tenor
Various characters bass

Small Chorus (minimum 8 singers)
Small Troupe of Dancers

The action takes place in South Africa and its environs from the late 1950's to May, 1994.


flute (doubling piccolo)
2 clarinets (2nd doubling bass clarinet)
2 horns
2 percussionists*
1st and 2nd violins
double bass

*PERCUSSION includes: shekere, smaller rattle, vibraphone, marimba, xylophone, glockenspiel, antique cymbals, at least three African drums (djembes or thicker-skinned congos – alto, tenor and bass), snare drum, talking drum, four tom-toms, whip, suspended cymbal, cowbell, police whistle, wooden block, guiro, tambourine, and amplified mbira (thumb piano)