by Oladipo Agboluaje
To mark the 50th Anniversary of Nigerian Independence from Britain, a rollicking new Peckham-set comedy by acclaimed young playwright Oladipo Agboluaje.
British Nigerian Noelle's son wants to move to Nigeria with his father, a Nollywood producer, for a taste of the good life he's been denied growing up on their Peckham estate. The fact that Noelle's a disgraced ex-copper with criminal past and a severe lack of money isn't helping her hang on to him. But when she takes one more dodgy job for cash, Noelle's pulled into a conspiracy which will finally force her to negotiate between her dual identities, and find a way of living with them both.
Noelle ..... Ellen Thomas
Paul ..... Tobi Bakare
Chike ..... Jude Akuwudike
Femi Fatai ..... Estella Daniels
Shina ..... Femi Elufowoju Jr
Simeon Atta ..... Lucian Msamati
Kayode/Henry ..... Chucky Venn
Chang/Khan ..... Paul Courtenay Hyu
Sanni ..... Wale Ojo
Gibson ..... Sean Baker
Barry ..... Ben Crowe
Mrs Witham ..... Christine Kavanagh
Director: Jonquil Panting
Oladipo Agboluaje adapted 'The Hounding of David Oluwale' for Eclipse theatre, and his free adaptation of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard set in a wealthy Nigerian family, 'The Estate', was the first of three recent hits at Soho Theatre, with 'The Christ of Coldharbour Lane', and The Estate prequel, 'Iya-Ile (The First Wife)', all produced by Tiata Fahodzi. Other work includes 'Knock Against My Heart', 'God Is A DJ' (Theatre Centre); 'British-ish' (New Wolsey Youth Theatre); 'For One Night Only' (Pursued by a Bear), and 'Captain Britain' (Talawa). He's adapting The Estate as a feature for Heyman Hoskins and the Film Council, and writing a feature from his short film 'Area Boys', with Mel Mwanguma for Focus Features.