LUTON: British/Nigerian award-winning playwright Ade Solanke brings Pandora’s Box to Luton this October.
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.
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…
Spora Stories presents
Autumn Tour 2014
AWARD-WINNING ADE SOLANKE’S PANDORA’S BOX EMBARKS ON NATIONAL TOUR
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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LISTINGS INFORMATION: PANDORA’S BOX NATIONAL TOUR
The Black-E, Liverpool
Fri 12 Sept, 7.30pm
www.theblack-e.co.uk | 0151 709 5109
The Lowry, Salford | studio
Sat 13 Sept, 8pm
www.thelowry.com | 0843 208 6000
Newcastle Arts Centre | Black Swan
Tues 16 Sept, 7.30pm
Wed 17 Sept, 7.30pm
www.bradford-theatres.co.uk | 01274 432000
Seven Arts, Leeds
Thurs 18 Sept, 7.30pm
www.sevenleeds.co.uk | 0113 26 26 777
Sheffield Theatres | studio
Fri/Sat 19 Sept, 7.45pm / 20th Sept, 2.15pm and 7.45pm
www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk | 0114 249 6000
The Drum, Birmingham
Wed 1 Oct, 7.30pm
www.the-drum.org.uk | 0121 333 2400/2444
Southampton Hub Theatre
Thu/Fri/ Sat 2/3/4 Oct, 7.30pm
www.southampton-city.ac.uk/hubtheatre | 023 8071 1818
Carnival Arts Centre, Luton
Thurs 9 Oct, 7.30pm
www.carnivalarts.org.uk | 01582 437 100
Millfields Arts Centre
Wed 8 Oct, 7.45pm
www.millfieldtheatre.co.uk/ | 020 8807 6680
Broadway Theatre, Catford
Fri 10 Oct, 8pm
www.broadwaytheatre.org.uk | 020 8690 0002
Broadway Theatre, Barking
Thurs 23 Oct, 7.30pm
www.thebroadwaybarking.com | 020 8507 5610
Bernie Grant Arts Centre
Fri/Sat 24/25 Oct, 7.30pm
www.berniegrantcentre.co.uk | 020 8365 5450
CLF Art Café, Bussey Building (with half-term family participation activities)
27 Oct – 1 Nov, 3pm
www.clfartcafe.org | 020 7732 5275
Hackney Downs Studios (no performances; half-term family participation activities only)
27 Oct – 1 Nov
http://hackneydownsstudios.wordpress.com/ | 020 3095 974
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