Utopia Theatre continues to keep African performance alive in lockdown


As the country slowly tries to return to normal, Utopia Theatre has launched a series of rehearsed readings of African plays online. 

The first of these was This is Our Chance by James Ene Henshaw. This is the first time the play has ever been performed in the UK and the second time it was directed by Utopia Theatre’s Artistic Director,  Mojisola Elufowoju. She originally directed the production in Nigeria in 2015 in collaboration with the  James Ene Henshaw Foundation. The two organisations came together again to collaborate on this online rehearsed reading on 17 January. 

The reading was a huge success, with over 70 attendees from across the world. The turn-out to this production has shown that even in these difficult times, people have not lost their passion for live performance. 

“When we conceived the Creative Hub in early 2020, we could not have foreseen just how important it would end up being,” said, Mojisola Elufowoju, CEO and Artistic Director, Utopia Theatre. We knew that supporting our community was really important. People needed to connect with others more than ever. The Creative Hub online became a lifeline to many and gave lots of people invaluable skills”. 

Amid another lockdown, the creative sector must continue to adapt and produce engaging content.  Utopia Theatre is proud to be able to continue the Rehearsed Readings through 2021, starting online and seeking to move the readings into theatre spaces when it is safe to do so.

The Rehearsed Readings will be streaming online at the following times:

  • 28 February 2021, 6-8 pm – And the Girls in their Sunday Dresses by Zakes Mda SOUTH AFRICA
  •  21 March 202, 6-8 pm – The Black Hermit by Ngugi wa Thiongo - KENYA (East Africa)
  • 25 April 2021, 6-8 pm – Son of the Nile (a play for young people and all those young at heart) by Afeif Ismael SUDANESE (North Africa)

To book tickets, and stay up to date with all our upcoming productions please visit here. Tickets are £6 for the Livestream. Further productions will be announced later on in the year.  

Image credit: Ruphin Coudyzer - 2010 - Production of 'And the Girls in their Sunday Dresses' by Zakes Mda at the Market Theatre. Directed by Princess Mhlongo

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