A Wonderful Award from Sheffield University

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University of Sheffield Distinguished Alumni 2016 – me!

Humbled  – and extremely honoured – to be the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Sheffield.

It was very moving going back to my old campus this week for the award ceremony, which took place in the  very same hall I originally graduated from many (many) moons ago!

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The Professor Robert Boucher Distinguished Alumni Award

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The Professor Robert Boucher Distinguished Alumni Award is awarded to former students as an acknowledgement from their University of their achievements and success.

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Sheffield is a member of the Russell Group of leading UK research universities. Its outstanding performance for excellent teaching and research, as part of a genuinely global community, is consistently confirmed by international independent assessments. 

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My sincere thanks to the Award Committee for this amazing compliment in selecting me for this prestigious award. Huge thanks, also, to the Alumni Office (especially Claire Rundstrom, Head of Alumni Relations) for the wonderful hospitality I enjoyed on the day.

It was a  beautiful experience, and brought back many fond memories. Studying English Literature was the foundation of my writing life and, even through it was during the 1980s, we even had a professor who discussed all sorts of writing in English, not just that from England. So I had some access to exciting and diverse worlds of writing early on.

So I’m thrilled – and motivated. Much more to do! Thank you, University of Sheffield.

 

WEST AFRICA EXHIBITION -BRITISH LIBRARY Now on!

The West Africa:Word, Symbol, Song exhibition is now on at the British Library,  Oct 16-Feb 16 2016!

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Looking forward to event for primary school teachers re how they can help kids see Africa more positively – Thurs Nov 5th, 4.30-8.00 at the British Library!

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Season’s Greetings! Let’s celebrate your creativity!

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SEASON’S GREETINGS! It’s time to celebrate!

Thank you all for your wonderful support during the recent UK tour of Pandora’s Box.

Stories help us understand ourselves and each other better, and we’re so thrilled at the enthusiastic reception we got all over the country. So many shows were sold out, mostly full of African audiences keen to enjoy theatre engaging with their experiences.

You welcomed us, encouraged us, and joined us in heated and  illuminating post-show discussions. We loved meeting you and hearing your views. The feedback has been invaluable.

Especially now we’re working on a Pandora’s Box sequel! And other new diaspora plays inspired by this success. It’s terrific to know there’s an audience that wants and appreciates our work as African theatre-makers.

But we want more people to join us in telling great British-African stories.

So here’s our thank you gift: we’ve developed these fantastic free workshops to get you ready for a creative 2015! Explore fresh and innovative ways of telling stories. Come along and try different approaches to telling your own – through poetry, prose, script, music, song and dance. All ages and levels of experience welcome!

Ready to join in? Email sporaparticipation@yahoo.com

STORYTELLING

SATURDAY 13th DECEMBER Studio 2, Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, London, E8 3DL

POETRY & PERFORMANCE 10:00 – 12:00

Back by popular demand, dancer and writer Funmi Adewole (of Numbi Arts Collective) offers her unique workshop on poetry and performance. Suitable for all, this is a chance for you to write and perform a new work in a fun and supportive environment.

 

 

FOLK TALES 12:30 – 14:00

An interactive storytelling session and audience with author Pa Ogunlana. He’ll talk about his work transcribing thousand year-old traditional African folktales and publishing them for today’s readers. Pa will read extracts from his books, Yoruba Love Stories and The Quest for the Rare Leaf.

 

 

STORY & MOVEMENT 14:15 – 16:00

Funmi Adewole leads a workshop on expressing your ideas through words and movement combined. Join this dynamic and expressive session on ways your body can tell stories too!

 

 

 

 

DRAMATICS! 16:15 – 18:00

Alex Oma-Pius (founder and director of Iroko Theatre Arts) leads a family workshop on African storytelling. Explore narrative techniques using drama, music, songs, movement and games. High energy, fun and excitement!

 

 

SONG & MUSIC

SATURDAY 20th DECEMBER Studio 2, Arcola, 24 Ashwin Street, London E8 3D

SING ALONG 10:00 – 12:00

Learn to sing simple elements of traditional and contemporary Nigerian songs, led by popular Yoruba language teacher, Ogbeni (Mr) Kola – an expert in learning language through song.

YOUR STORY THROUGH MUSIC 12:15 – 14:00

What motivates you? What makes you unique? What are your dreams? Musician and youth advocate Magdalene Adenaike’s workshop can help you explore and express your ideas and feelings creatively.

SING YOUR SONG! 14:30 – 16:30

Lánre Njoku combines acoustic folk and soul with captivating storytelling about her Nigerian heritage. Tell your stories too in this interactive songwriting session. Lánre will share the stories behind her songs and guide you to pen and perform a group song.

CREATIVE PATHS 16:30 – 18:00

Round off the day with a focus on how to make your way in the creative industries. You love the arts, but how do you build and sustain a career? We’ll talk about developing creative projects and Spora Stories’ recent experience running a successful national theatre tour. With guest artists, including award-winning actress, Ellen Thomas.

CHARACTER, PLOT, DRAMA

SUNDAY 21st DECEMBER Meeting Room, CLR James Library, Dalston Square, London, E8 3BQ

CHARACTER, PLOT, DRAMA 14:00 – 17:00

This creative writing workshop is for anyone wishing to find out more about dramatic storytelling for stage and screen. Led by Ade Solanke, you’ll come up with characters and situations and discuss what makes African diaspora stories unique and dynamic. We’ll play with different ways to bring your characters and story to life! So many stories, and so little time. Get writing!

We look forward to meeting you!

WORKSHOP LEADERS:

FUNMI ADEWOLE

Funmi moved to England from Nigeria in 1994 where she worked in the media as a freelance writer and TV producer. She toured for several years with various companies including Adzido Pan-African dance ensemble, Artistes-in-Exile, Horse and Bamboo Mask and Puppetry Theatre and The Chomondeleys. She was manager and then chair of the Association of Dance of the African Diaspora (ADAD) between 2003 to 2007. She co-edited the book Voicing Black Dance: The British Experience – 1930s to 1990s. She has spoken at conferences nationally and internationally on African dance as a theatrical practice.She teaches workshops and courses on dance composition exploring the theatricalisation of social dances in London and Amsterdam. She holds an M.A in Post-colonial studies from Goldsmiths College, London and is presently studying for a Doctorate in Dance at De Montfort University, Leicester.

Her group, Numbi Collective. run arts projects and events. NUMBI is a healing dance that happens in Somalia where one lets go of one’s inhibitions and gets free. It is that ethos, with the emphasis on freedom, that inspired NUMBI founder, Kinsi Abdulleh, to set up the organisation. Their vision is to provide a platform for collaborative cross-cultural exchange for artists working in theatre, visual arts/ photography, music/Dance, and film – that draws from the experience of Somali communities around the world. Headed by a team of dedicated artists from different disciplines, they host NUMBI live show,  ‘A Night of Afropolitan Funk’, an evening of spoken word, film/visuals, music, dance and comedy quarterly at Rich Mix Arts Centre in Bethnal Green, London.

 

PA OGUNLANA

After a long career in Insurance, Olabode Ogunlana turned his knack for proverbial story telling into fiction writing. He has translated traditional tales into short stories for international audiences. The stories are fascinting insights into classical  African culture for an international audience interested in Yoruba or Yoruba-inspired narratives. They share the author’s perspectives about everything from the meanings of the numerous proverbs enriching the Yoruba language, toaspects of  history and culture in South Western Nigeria. Pa  learned oral storytelling from his grandparents and is passionate on continuing the tradition, as well as making the stories available to non-Yoruba audiences through print.

 

 

ALEX OMA PIUS

IROKO Theatre Company was founded in 1996 by Alex OMA-PIUS. Alex trained as an actor and director at The National Academy For Theatre and Film Arts (NATFA), Sofia, Bulgaria. He has worked extensively as a performer and director and his credits include work with the BBC and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Alex formed IROKO in order to enhance the understanding and appreciation of African culture and arts amongst society as a whole. The company’s primary aim is to advance the education of members of the public in the arts and in particular (but not exclusively) in African arts, and to use traditional African theatre art forms as a vehicle for facilitating learning and self-development, particularly amongst children and young people. IROKO’s fundamental principle is that its work should have a meaningful effect in the lives of the young people involved: it should educate, empower, motivate and inspire them, and at the same time it should be fun.

 

 
KOLLA KOLA OGUNBAYODE

Kola runs a popular weekend language school teaching Basic Conversational Yorùbá. This course provides fun lessons helping participants to: • Learn basic Greetings and Roots-Heritage. • Learn basic conversations and translate from English (role-play). • Learn to count from 0-10. • Rudimentary reading and writing. • Usage of certain verbs in s sentence • Learn alphabet and recognise letters. • Learn basic grammar and pronunciation. • Increase Yorùbá vocabulary. Translation of English. • Usage of: Kini, Tani, Nibo, Bawo, Nigbawo, Nigbati, Iyi, Iyen, Ewo, Melo in phrases.

 

 

MAGDALENE ADENAIKE

Magdalene founded Music Relief to offer music, danc and poetry as a creative way to promote positive youth development. Her creative workshops reflect her belief in the healing power of the arts and their power to transform lives. Participants are guided to build their confidence and increase their self-esteem as they develop new skills.

 
LANRE NJOKU

“Headlining we had the beguiling Nigerian songstress Lánre, who held the auditorium in the palm of her hands. Armed only with her personality, her smile and an acoustic guitar, she took us on a journey back to her homeland (via Stoke-on-Trent) painting many vistas and drawing on many emotions with bright African colours – absolutely spellbinding” John Drummond – Brewery Blues

From Lanre’s website:

” I was born in Stoke-On-Trent England many years ago to an amazing mum and an adorable dad …My parents thought it was a good idea to learn about my heritage and to grow up knowing the rest of my extended family, so at age four I traveled to Nigeria with my parents where I spent the next twenty years studying, learning and living. My first public performance was at the age of eight when I got picked to lead the song ‘Don’t do that to the poor pussy cat’ at the local radio station. My teacher chose me to lead because according to her, I sang like an Angel. Awwwwwwwwwwww! Growing up in Nigeria meant music was a hobby and passing my Maths, English and Sciences with flying colours became high on my priority list. I picked up my love for writing and music again in year 2002 when I joined the award winning UK collective GK REAL and that musical journey took me around the world singing and performing with amazing singers, writers and producers. Discovering the guitar and freedom to express my thoughts is why you’re here reading my story which is to be continued… so who am I….?

I am a writer

I am a singer

I am a wife

I am a sister

I am a daughter

I am a friend

I am African

I am British

I love God

I love reading

I can play a few chords on the guitar

I tend to go into my own shell even in the midst of a crowd

I have loads of stories locked up in my head

I am on a journey of discovery and I am excited!!

Pandora’s Box – free half-term participation fun, Oct 27-31

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We’re thrilled to announce our exciting programme of free, fun youth and family participation activities on at CLF Arts Café in Peckham and Arcola Theatre in Dalston, this Oct half-term.

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With its family storyline, the play drew many African-heritage audiences (children and their parents) into theatre for the first time. As importantly, it drew them in AS families, often three generations visiting the theatre for the first time together. We wanted to build on this!

PROGRAMME 

So we’ve developed a set of theatre and cultural events and workshops exploring the issues and themes of  the play (migration, heritage, dual cultures). They’re run by expert practioners, and aimed at  young people, elders, parents, family froups, theatre-lovers …anyone with an interest in African arts and culture.

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They’re  for people of all ages and levels of interest to become more actively involved in theatre. You can engage in artist-led projects inspired by the show, attend artist talks, learn some Yoruba language, have a go at gele-tying, enjoy drop-in family story-telling/music workshops, or join one of our play devising or youth personal development programmes.

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The Play in a Week Devising Workshop will be run with professional writers and directors. Teams from Iroko Theatre, Numbi Arts and Usifu Jalloh, the Cowfoot Prince will deliver the family-centred events.

Sign up now at sporaparticipation@yahoo.com, stating the name of the venue, workshop and date you’d like to attend.

All activities are free and we gratefully acknowledge funding from Arts Council England, Awards for All and The Unity Theatre Trust in making this possible.

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CLF ARTS CAFE, Peckham

Monday 27 – Friday 31 October – Play in a Week Devising workshop

10.30 – 1.30 every day – ages 11 – 18.

Monday 27 October – Friday 31 October Out of the Box young peoples’ workshop

10.00 -1.00 every day, ages 11 – 18.

Monday 27 October

11.00 – 12.45 – Yoruba language workshop with Ogbeni  (Mr) Kola

1.00 – 2.00 – Gele Tying with Tomi Ogunjobi

Tuesday 28 October

10.30am – 12.30 -Funmi Adewole – Dance & Storytelling

1.00 – 2.30 – Funmi Adewole – Poetry writing

Wednesday 29 October 11.00 – 12.45 – Yoruba language workshop

1.00 – 2.00 – Gele Tying

Thursday 30 October

10.30 – 12.30 – Usifu Jalloh – Travelling Trunk

1.00 – 2.30 – Usifu Jalloh – Jukebox Journey

Arcola, Dalston

Monday 27 – Friday 31st October – Play in a Week Devising 2 – 5pm every day, ages 11 – 18.

Monday 27 October

1.30 – 3.30 Yoruba language workshop

Tuesday 28 October
1.30 – 3.30pm – Pa Ogunlana’s Yoruba Love Stories -readings and interactive storytelling
4 – 6pm – Creating Characters Workshop

Wednesday 29 October

1.00 – 3pm Funmi Adewole Dance & Storytelling

4.00 – 6pm – Funmi Adewole poetry workshop

Thursday 30 October

1.30 – 3. 30pm – Yoruba language workshop

4 – 6pm – Gele tying Workshop

Friday 31st

1 – 3pm – Usifu Jalloh – Travelling Trunk

4 – 6pm Usifu Jalloh – Jukebox Journeys

PROJECT DESCRIPTIONS

JUKEBOX JOURNEY

Jukebox Journey is an inter-generational storytelling project aimed at African elders and young people. The aim of the project is to facilitate a meeting point and a sharing across generations. Both groups will be brought together to share a particular record, favourite song or story. Elders will be encouraged to tell their migration stories and memories. Young people will be encouraged to take part in the dialogue, listen to these stories and connect with their history. The project will facilitate a meeting point and a sharing across generations, with the purpose of:

  • Young people learning about their history
  • Elders passing on important life stories.
  • Young people gaining storytelling and drama skills and using music to explore connections.
  • Elders developing storytelling and drama skills and using music to explore connections.
  • Breaking down barriers of fear and mistrust between the old and young.
  • Raising self-esteem and respect between the young and old.

TRAVELLING TRUNK

An African-themed, family friendly, drop-in learning workshop, offering a wonderful opportunity for the African community to celebrate its heritage and a space for multi-cultural, multi-generational participation.

Adults and children will be inspired by objects to create new stories together. Guided by skilled storytellers, they’ll dive into an imaginative journey by telling stories and singing songs prompted by a series of objects that appear from a giant suitcase or travel trunk – a Pandora’s Box of treasures and surprises. They’ll experience the music, costumes and food of Africa through singing, drawing, dance and storytelling in an enjoyable, creative experience for children and the young at heart alike.

OUT OF THE BOX – Personal Development workshop

A series of enabling workshops for young people, exploring self-identity and cultural heritage. Out of the Box explores alternative positive images and role models available to young people.

Young people responded enthusiastically to the issues of Pandora’s Box, with the central character of a London teenager in Africa. This project will give them the tools to answer the crucial personal questions, such as: what do I want to do in my life? What do I want to be? What do I love? What do I identify as my heritage? What groups do I identify with?

Youth-group sessions will creatively explore their response to the issues confronting the teenage boys in the play Pandora’s Box. Through a series of exercises, the workshop explores:

• Self-identity

• limiting stereotypes – exploring media representation of young black people

• Issues and challenges of family relationships among dual heritage African and Caribbean diaspora families

We are all part of something, whether it be a family, a class group at school, a music band, a football team. How do these loyalties sit with parent aspirations for young people from diaspora backgrounds? The workshop will look at issues of parent-child relationships in UK African families and conflicts, addressing concerns that are central to Pandora’s Box. The workshop empowers the young people to recognise effective expression and to communicate in ways that will make them heard, understood and respected.

The sessions will include:

• Themed discussions using stimulus from newspapers, online info, books, magazines, photography, art work, music.

• Writing sessions – encouraging participants to develop their unique voice through spoken word, music, writing and storytelling.

Through the exercises, the young people will build up their own dossier and develop a clearer insight into ways to approach some of the pressing concerns of their young lives.

PLAY IN FIVE DAYS – DEVISING

Participants explore the themes from the play and then create their own material in response to set tasks. The workshop will spark your imagination and encourage a collaborative approach to creating and performing a new ten-minute theatre piece. This workshop is led by Ade Solanke and a guest director.

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Some Pandora’s Box audience feedback:

“Have just returned – with my fifteen year old son – from Pandora’s Box. A wonderful, absolutely brilliant play and evening. We loved it. And have bought a copy of the play to enjoy again.”
Elizabeth Dudley, British-Nigeria Education Trust

“It inspired my son no end and he got to appreciate his roots and the sacrifices African parents make a lot more. Well done. My only regret is that the show hasn’t had a longer run. ”
Moses Anibaba, Director, British Council, Ghana

“Brilliant play. Fantastic cast. It was like a party no-one wanted to leave! Congratulations. You are outstanding and so is your writing. Poignant, hilarious, deeply affecting.” Juliet Alexander

“I loved your play. I laughed and cried. My daughter was equally impressed (and you know our teenagers tell it like it is and she was nothing but complimentary about it).”   Tess Essan, KICC

“Well done! The play had the audience enthralled.” Tolu Somolu

“Overheard someone on the bus saying how fab the play was and had to step in to say I’m going to see it too.”  Bolanle Okusanya

“Well done for putting on such an excellent play, with such powerful messages that resonate on many levels.”   Matilda Macattram, Director, Black Mental Health UK

“A brilliantly vibrant show and very vital. You found the perfect venue for it.”                          Lauren Gauge, Off West End Theatre Awards

“Congratulations on your show. Very thought-provoking, and spoke so directly to the audience. I loved it!”   Lynne Gaglianno, Education Officer, The Royal Court

“Went to see the play with a few friends. We came out laughing and discussing the issues.  It’s a brilliant piece of writing. Touched on not one but many dilemmas we face as part of a family and the diaspora. The buzz outside was as busy as any West End show I’ve been to.”      Marcia Sledge

“Pandora’s Box tonight was a brilliant no, excellent show. 10/10 for an excellent cast and an amazing story line …It was funny, well-written, spot on and some parts, thought provoking. Well done everyone.” Muka Mukss

“Morning. I felt the need to tell you AGAIN how much I thoroughly enjoyed Pandora’s Box. I am so proud of you, my sister.” Rosemary Laryea, Broadcaster Jazz FM

“Congrats on a brilliant, funny and moving script. I’m coming back again with my cousin tonight. Hope there’ll still be tickets!”  Rolake Akinkugbe

“This play is brilliantly written …The opening of Pandora’s Box symbolizes the effect of migration on African families.  It depicts the inter-generational and emotional difficulties that African (including West Indian) families experience in the pursuit of better economic opportunities abroad. This issue has been left untouched for too long”  Yaa Asantewa

“I was completely gripped by the story … the writing and the acting was superb. Thank you!” Catriona Silver, Collective Artistes

“Loved the play. I’m going to bring loads of my school children to see it. I’m even prepared to spend days and days completing the bureaucratic forms necessary! Keep me posted PLEEEEEEZE.” Penny Felix

“Well done! Congratulations! I keep meeting people who’ve watched the play and the feedback has been amazing!”  Ade Omoloja

“Big, big congratulations on Pandora’s Box. Thoroughly enjoyed it. This needs to tour!”         Alex Omo Pius, Iroko Theatre Company

“I so. so enjoyed the play. It was warm and funny and smart, and found the most marvelous balance between serious political critique, difficult family dynamic; between the specificity of Nigerian/UK experience and the universality of themes about home and loss and alienation and trans-generational conversations – I was thrilled to see so many people turning to each other and nudging each other and recognizing themselves and their family and friends on stage …”   Nadia David, Lecturer, Queen Mary College

“Congratulations! The storyline is so topical and the humour you used was hysterical … hard-hitting themes explored in such a creative and dramatic way really held the audience on the edge of their seats. West End transfer next, please!”  Olu Alakija

“ I must commend you once again for writing such a powerful play. I loved every minute of it. – the story was strong and the actors were brilliant too. A really accomplished piece – very cathartic too. Theatre should move and shake your soul and you managed to do that wonderfully.” Sheila Ruiz, Events Manager, Royal African Society

“Amazing, lively, heart-tugging play. A must see o! Arike Aiyetigbo

“Needs to tour” Chizzy Akudolu (Actress, Casualty)

Join Diane Abbott MP, Richard Taylor OBE and others at special education panel at Catford Theatre Fri 10th Oct

Join the Pandora’s Box debate at Catford Broadway Theatre, ‘Fight or Flight: Educating British African kids.’

Book now to see the award-winning play, Pandora’s Box, at Catford Broadway Theatre, and join the special pre-show panel debate and Yes/No vote on taking UK-born children to Africa or the Caribbean.

Two years ago, Spora Stories pulled together a wonderful group of people for their Pandora’s Box Parent Education Day. At 6.15pm on Friday 10th Oct at Catford Broadway Theatre, they return to meet you for their special panel discussion, ‘Fight or Flight: Educating British African kids’.

Join Diane Abbott MP, Richard Taylor OBE, founder of the Damilola Taylor Trust, Olu Alake, Emeritus President of 100 Black Men of London, Jenny Okafar, President of Nigerian Women in Diaspora Leadership Forum, Henrietta Abrahams, President of NIgerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) and Professor Osita Okagbue, Goldsmiths College.

This is an open, panel-led discussion on the subject of Pandora’s Box: taking UK African kids back to Africa or the Caribbean for education. The acclaimed, award-winning family drama is now on tour throughout the UK and comes to Catford Broadway Theatre for one night only on Fri Oct 10. Show starts at 7.45. As a special offer, you can get your ticket and join the debate for the great price of £17 (instead of £25 and £20 conc) Book now.

We will also be joined by the Sickle Cell Society on the night who will be raising funds.

REMAINING TOUR DATES… Nigerian Independence Day celebrations at The Drum, Birmingham Wed 1 Oct, 7.30pm http://www.the-drum.org.uk | 0121 333 2400/2444 As part of the Nigerian 54 Independence Day Celebrations, The Drum is proud to present an unmissable, award-wining tragicomedy about one Nigerian family’s struggles with Love, Loyalty, Betrayal, and heart-breaking choices only a parent can understand, in Pandora’s Box. This breath-taking production will be followed by an exclusive meet-and-greet Q&A with the writer, director, actors and Nigerian community leaders.

Southampton Hub Theatre Thu/Fri/ Sat 2/3/4 Oct, 7.30pm http://www.southampton-city.ac.uk/hubtheatre | 023 8071 1818

Carnival Arts Centre, Luton Thurs 9 Oct, 7.30pm http://www.carnivalarts.org.uk | 01582 437 100

LONDON VENUES

Millfields Arts Centre as part of their Black History Month celebrations Wed 8 Oct, 7.45pm http://www.millfieldtheatre.co.uk/ | 020 8807 6680

Broadway Theatre, Catford Fri 10 Oct, 7.45pm http://www.broadwaytheatre.org.uk | 020 8690 0002

Thameside Theatre, Thurrock, Wed 22 Oct, 7.30 http://www.thurrock.gov.uk/theatre ] 0845 300 5264

Broadway Theatre, Barking Thurs 23 Oct, 7.30pm http://www.thebroadwaybarking.com | 020 8507 5610

Bernie Grant Arts Centre Fri/Sat 24/25 Oct, 7.30pm http://www.berniegrantcentre.co.uk | 020 8365 5450

CLF Art Café, Bussey Building 27 Oct – 29 Oct, 3pm (new dates) http://www.clfartcafe.org | 020 7732 5275 (Plus free half-term participation activities for families and young people)

Arcola Theatre *new dates and venue added* 29 Oct – 1 Nov, 8pm + 3pm matinee, 1 Nov http://www.arcolatheatre.com | 020 7503 1646 (Plus free half-term participation activities for families and young people)

Yoruba Love Stories and Legends – at Africa Writes, July 2014

Africa Writes 2014

Fri 11 July to Sun 13 July

The Royal African Society’s third Africa Writes festival showcases the best established and rising literary talent from Africa and its diaspora.

 

Excited to be taking part in Africa Writes at the British Library this July.

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Looking forward to discussing these new works, Yoruba Love Stories and Legend, with their author Pa Olabode Ogunlana, a great advocate of preserving stories from the oral tradition in print.

I’ll also be taking part in a panel on adaptation and running writing workshops.

Join us at the British Library, Euston, Fri 11th – Sun 13th July.  Going to be great fun! Details here

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East End Boys and West End Girls, Rich Mix, Sat May 11th, 2013 @7.30pm

Rehearsed reading of a new play. Part of the Stories of London series at Rich Mix, Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA

East End Boys and West End Girls by Ade Solanke

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East meets West across the education divide when four London teenagers from different backgrounds compete for a prestigious scholarship. As they venture into each others areas – criss-crossing London from the King’s Road to Kingsland High Road –  each travels into new and unfamiliar territories,  with unexpected results. Who will be the winner? And, in an increasingly divided city, will their chance encounter across social and geographic lines uncover a common ground?

A vibrant,  timely and touching piece, taking the pulse on growing up in a city jostling with many worlds.

Writer: Ade Solanke

Associate Producer: Rasheeda Nalumoso

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We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the Peggy Ramsay Foundation and Rich Mix Arts Centre in developing this project.