The Fishermen

Production/Organiser: New Perspectives
Venue: Derby Theatre
15 Theatre Walk, St Peter's Quarter,
Date(s): Wed, 12th Sep 2018
Time: 19:30
Ticket Price: £10.00
Tel: 01332 59 39 39
Social Media: @DerbyTheatre @NPtheatre #WhatsOn #Derbyshire
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New Perspectives

Writer : Gbolahan Obisesan (adapted from the award-winning book by Chigozie Obioma. )
Director : Jack McNamara
Designer : Amelia Jane Hankin
Lighting Designer : Amy Mae
Sound Designer : Adam McCready (Poetical Machines Ltd)

In a small Nigerian town, Ben and Obembe, along with their two older brothers, slip away to fish at a forbidden river.  Unnoticed and carefree, they continue until one day they meet a local madman, who utters a terrifying prophecy that one will kill the other. At that moment their destinies change forever. This chance encounter unleashes a spiral of fear which leads to a tragic chain of events of mythic proportions.

Based on the Man Booker shortlisted novel by one of Africa’s major new voices, New Perspectives presents this powerful allegory of love, vengeance and fate in a new adaptation by award-winning playwright Gbolahan Obisesan.

Recommended as a show you won’t want to miss in 2018 by the BBC, one of 10 shows to catch before they get to the Edinburgh Fringe by What’s On Stage, and one of 50 shows to see at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe by The Guardian (or after here at Derby Theatre).

Age Guidance: 12+

The Fishermen at Derby Theatre

About the Author

Chigozie Obioma is the author of The Fishermen, which was a finalist for the Man Booker prize 2015, and a winner of four other awards. He is a professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and in Nigeria where he runs various projects. His second novel, An Orchestra of Minorities will be published in January 2019.

Read Chigozie’s feature on life in present-day Nigeria in The Guardian

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