Published on April 9th, 2012 | by admin0
Nigerian Family Comedy ‘Egusi Soup’ by Janice Okoh
Award winning playwright, Janice Okoh returns with a fast furious and funny new intergenerational and cross-cultural Nigerian family comedy play ‘Egusi Soup’.
In 2011, her play The Real House (Three Birds) won the Bruntwood Prize and was short-listed for the Verity Bargate Award and the Alfred Fagon Award.
Packing their suitcases, preparing to head home to Lagos for a memorial service in honour of the late Mr Anyia, British Nigerian family ‘the Anyians’ soon realise they will need to get rid of some excess baggage first, and not just of the material kind.
After their father’s death, deeply held resentments resurface dramatically by the Anyians’ eldest daughter Anne’s chaotic return to London from the USA.
Cast includes, Rhoda Ofori-Attah, Anniwaa Buachia, Nick Oshikanlu, Lace Akpojaro and one of the country’s leading back actresses Ellen Thomas.
Twice nominated for Best Actress in the EMMA Awards and nominated as Best Actress by Screen Nation and The Black Media Awards, Ellen Thomas has a hugely successful TV, film and stage career. She has appeared in Eastenders as Grace and 4 series of the hugely successful Teachers.
Developed at Menagerie’s Sparks programme one of the UK’s leading independent new writing theatre companies, seeking out and supporting talented new writers, ‘Egusi Soup’ is about love life and loss, with plenty of spicy bits.
Mumford Theatre, Cambridge
Date: Fri 18th & Sat 19th May, 7.30pm
Tickets: £11.50 / £8.50
Box Office: 0845 196 2320 or 01223 352932
Book Online: www.anglia.ac.uk/mumfordtheatre
Soho Theatre, London
Date: Wed 23rd May – Sat 9th June, 8pm Sat 3.30pm & 8.00pm
Tickets: £10 – £15
Box Office: 020 7478 0100
Book Online: www.sohotheatre.com
Mercury Theatre, Colchester
Date: Thurs 14th – Sat 16th June, 7.45pm
Tickets: £11.00 / £6.50
Box Office: 01206 573 948
Book Online: www.mercurytheatre.co.uk
By Folashade Bello