Award-winning playwright Ade Solanke brings Pandora’s Box to Luton this October


LUTON: British/Nigerian award-winning playwright Ade Solanke brings Pandora’s Box to Luton this October.

Ade Solanke Pandora's Box in Luton. EYES AND VOICE

Following its sell-out première at the Arcola Theatre, London. British/Nigerian tragicomedy Pandora’s Box, which will be coming to the UK Centre for Carnival Arts in Luton on 9 October.

It will be great to see you all there as you might catch Eyes and Voice on the night chatting with the award-winning, Ade Solanke.

Ade Solanke - British Nigerian award-winning playwright. by  EYES AND VOICE

The playwright who has already won numerous awards, has also been nominated for this year’s Nigeria Prize for Literature. Eyes and Voice will have an in-depth chat with Ade and we will bring you that very soon.

For now lets focus on her stop at the UKCCA, Luton with her British-African family drama Pandora’s Box.

Read the Press Release below…

Ade Solanke Pandora's Box in Luton (2). EYES AND VOICE

Spora Stories presents


Autumn Tour 2014


Following sell-out shows at the Arcola Theatre, British-African family drama Pandora’s Box embarks

on its long-awaited UK tour this autumn. Author Ade Solanke, nominated for this year’s Nigeria Prize

for Literature, Africa’s biggest literary award, presents a moving tragicomedy about families, betrayal,

choices and love. It’s a must see, and was nominated for Best New Play, Off West End Theatre

Awards. This autumn offers the chance to catch this ‘touching, hilarious’ (The Stage) play that has

been dazzling audiences with its ‘enthralling, brilliant’ (Public Reviews) story and performances.

– Winner of Best Playwright 2012 Nigerian Entertainment Awards

– Winner of Best Playwright, 2012 African Film Awards

“You think England is hard? Compared to Nigeria? My dear, you haven’t seen anything yet!”

Summer break is ending. On holiday with her streetwise son in Nigeria, a British-Nigerian mother

is in turmoil. Should she leave her only child in a strict Lagos boarding school, or return him to the

battlefields of inner London?

A family spanning three generations and two continents meets in Lagos for the first time in over thirty

years. But the joy of reunion also unleashes long-suppressed truths. An exuberant and thought-
provoking mix of comedy, tragedy and family drama, Pandora’s Box reveals the heartbreak behind

the difficult choices some parents must make – and the price their children pay.

“A funny, poignant play. All parents agonise about education. For black and diaspora parents, race and

culture make the decision making even more complex.” – Diane Abbott MP

Directed by Shade Oladiti, co-produced by Jon Harris. The cast will be announced shortly.

Pandora’s Box is generously funded by Arts Council England with additional funding from the Unity Theatre Trust.

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The Black-E, Liverpool

Fri 12 Sept, 7.30pm | 0151 709 5109

The Lowry, Salford | studio

Sat 13 Sept, 8pm | 0843 208 6000

Newcastle Arts Centre | Black Swan

Tues 16 Sept, 7.30pm

Bradford Theatres

Wed 17 Sept, 7.30pm | 01274 432000

Seven Arts, Leeds

Thurs 18 Sept, 7.30pm | 0113 26 26 777

Sheffield Theatres | studio

Fri/Sat 19 Sept, 7.45pm / 20th Sept, 2.15pm and 7.45pm | 0114 249 6000

The Drum, Birmingham

Wed 1 Oct, 7.30pm | 0121 333 2400/2444

Southampton Hub Theatre

Thu/Fri/ Sat 2/3/4 Oct, 7.30pm | 023 8071 1818

Carnival Arts Centre, Luton

Thurs 9 Oct, 7.30pm | 01582 437 100


Millfields Arts Centre

Wed 8 Oct, 7.45pm | 020 8807 6680

Broadway Theatre, Catford

Fri 10 Oct, 8pm | 020 8690 0002

Broadway Theatre, Barking

Thurs 23 Oct, 7.30pm | 020 8507 5610

Bernie Grant Arts Centre

Fri/Sat 24/25 Oct, 7.30pm | 020 8365 5450

CLF Art Café, Bussey Building (with half-term family participation activities)

27 Oct – 1 Nov, 3pm | 020 7732 5275

Hackney Downs Studios (no performances; half-term family participation activities only)

27 Oct – 1 Nov | 020 3095 974

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