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‘Shadows In Different Shades’ – WORK IN PROGRESS PHASE 2

SHARING 24TH MAY 2018 @7PM -STUDIO THEATRE, SHEFFIELD CRUCIBLE.

“We could therefore say that every mother contains her daughter in herself and every daughter her mother, and that every woman extends backwards into her mother and forwards into her daughter.”(Carl Jung)

‘Shadows in Different Shades’, a play by Oladipo Agboluaje, from an idea conceived by Moji Kareem. The piece deals with what it is to be a daughter and a mother; a story of migration and shifting identity. ‘Shadow in Different Shades’ is a compelling and thought-provoking tale of dreams and broken promises, of hope, optimism and resilience in the face of harrowing circumstances.

Writer Oladipo Agboluaje’s plays for radio and stage include: Early Morning, Mother Courage and Her Children (African adaptation for Eclipse Theatre) and The Estate. He is the winner of the prestigious Alfred Fagon Award, and received 2010 Olivier award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in An Affiliate Theatre for his 2009 play for Iya – lle (The First Wife) Soho Theatre.

‘Shadows In Different Shades’ WORK IN PROGRESS PHASE 1

Iyalode of Eti (The Duchess of Malfi) – London Tour SPRING/SUMMER 2019


Iyalode of Eti is a theatre event replete with music, poetry, dance and movement, transposing the Duchess of Malfi’s original setting to pre-colonial Yoruba land with its many sights, sounds and colours. The play’s themes – abuse of power, corruption, status of women, gender equality, family, honour and revenge are still very relevant to today’s society.

Conceived and directed by Moji Kareem, this reinvention of a classic sets the action in pre-colonial Yoruba land in West Africa and transforms the Jacobean drama of the original into an enchanting, lyrical theatrical experience that is fresh, dynamic and surprising. An English play is retold as an African mystical fable riddled with rituals, hauntings, double-crossings, playful levity and potent tragedy.

The recently widowed Iyalode longs to marry her lover Oguntade. But her scheming and controlling brothers forbid their union. When Iyalode secretly marries Oguntade, their love and lives are threatened. IYALODE OF ETI is a story of how a woman asserts her strength and fights for her heart in a land ruled by men.

Iyalode of Eti, had its world premier at West Yorkshire Playhouse followed by a regional tour of Sheffield Crucible and Cast- Doncaster (Sept/Oct 2016). The play was also showcased at Ake International Arts and Book Festival in Nigeria (Nov 2016)

Our production is an imaginative and accessible theatre piece which conveys our culturally specific story to an all-inclusive British audience. British-Africans, of whatever generation, are hungry for theatrical material which illuminates their lives. The company’s unique approach to story-telling form, process and content is informed by a cutting-edge fusion of African and European theatre practice.

Rich language, bold characterisations and thrilling storytelling will carry the audience into an atmospheric world that is presented with startling intimacy and electric physicality. As visual as it is verbal, with the rhythms, flavours, colours and myths of Yoruba driving the intricate plotting, this is contemporary performance that blurs formal boundaries and transcends geographical borders.

 Ancient storytelling techniques mesh with modern physical theatre. Music, chant, dance and poetry are woven into an engrossing whole. IYALODE OF ETI is classical theatre reborn, universal theatre for a global audience.

PRESS

“A powerful, funny and inventive production.” Exeunt Magazine

“The acting performances are powerful. The vocal resonance of the voices is thrilling, as is the movement, singing and relationship with the audience.” British Theatre Guide

“This English play is retold as an African mystical fable riddled with rituals, hauntings, double crossings, playful levity and potent tragedy. It was colourful, fresh, lyrical, beautifully lit, staged and costumed.” Yorkshire Times


“Iyalode of Eti is an absolute treat, which manages to bring something genuinely new to a play that has by now seemingly been studied and reimagined to death.” The Gryphon

“Moji Kareem successful direction of Iyalode of Eti is certainly a tragedy re-imagined on stage and its pulsating African sounds and rhythms reach many beyond West Africa!” ★★★★ North West End 

KEY CREATIVES

EMMA WILLIAMS (PRODUCTION DESIGNER)

Trained at Canterbury College of Art – Foundation Degree and Wimbledon School of Art – BA (Hons) Theatre Design.

Most recent work includes “You Forgot The Mince “Imagine If , Derby Theatre and touring; “Iyalode of Eti”, Utopia, WYP,Sheffield Crucible, Cast- Doncaster; “One Among Millions”, RJC Youth Dance,Leeds University;”Tale to Tell”,Theatre Company Blah Blah Blah,Square Chapel and touring;”HD100” Chol, Laurence Batley Theatre;”Brief Encounters@Bradford Interchange” Freedom Studios;”Of Mice and Men”,Mind the Gap.

Design credits for the West Yorkshire Playhouse include “Refugee Boy” ; “Immune”;”Runaway Diamonds”;”The Yellow Doctress”;”Two Tracks and Text Me”;Scuffer”;”Sunbeam Terrace”;”Coming Around Again”; “You The Player”: “The Dutiful Daughter”;”Huddersfield”;”Crap Dad”;”The Elves and the Shoemakers”; “Pinocchio”; “The Magic Paintbrush”;”Broken Angel”and she is currently designing “Queen of Chapeltown “ for the WYP Autumn season.

SOLA AKINGBOLA (MUSIC)

Sola Akingbola is percussionist for the Acid Jazz-Funk band Jamiroquai. He was composer and performer for the RSC’s season of Hamlet 2016. He is the musical director of his own live band Critical Mass. The video for the Critical Mass single, Generation Vex, won an Independent Music Award (IMA).

ROB HART (SOUND DESIGN)

Rob Hart trained in Sound Design at Edinburgh University (MSC).  He has contributed sound design for BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award-winning documentary short The Inner Shape.  Theatre includes: Eclipse (Theatre Royal Stratford East), The Boy Who Cried (The Hope), Dead Funny (Old Red Lion), and The Red Tree (Edinburgh Fringe).

DEBO OLUWATUMINU (AUTHOR- ADAPTATION)

Debo Oluwatimuni’s plays include: The Wake, Closing Time, and Seawall. Debo was the Headwriter, Script Editor and Creative Consultant for Desperate Housewives Africa. He co-wrote The Governor, Fifty – The Series, and adapted Cinderella into a 6-part TV adaptation called Dere – An African Tale, all for Ebony Life TV

MOJI KAREEM – CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Moji Kareem is an award-winning Founder and Creative director of Utopia Theatre Company. She gained a First Class degree in Theatre (Performance) from York St. John University and was awarded the York Theatre Royal Graduate Prize. She directed Bola Agbaje’s follow-up to her Olivier-award winning play ‘Gone too Far’, ‘House of Corrections’ at the Riverside Studios. In 2012, She was Assistant Director to Royal Court Associate, Ola Animashaun for Ade Solanke’s Pandora’s Box at the Arcola Theatre. She spent a year in Nigeria collaborating with the James Ene Henshaw Foundation in reviving and directing the classic African play, ‘This Is Our Chance’. Other Theatre directing work includes: The Duchess of Malfi -Iyalode of Eti (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Sheffield Crucible, Cast-Doncaster), London Tales (Lost Theatre, Rich Mix, CLF Art Café) The Shepherds Chameleon (CLF Art Café), Wake Me When It’s Time (York Theatre Royal, York.)