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Fractures

 

Spring/Summer 2017


•Fractures

Date

Spring/Summer 2016

Venue

Soho Theatre
21 Sean Street
London
W1D 3NE


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A multi-layered social comedy written by award winning playwright Oladipo Agboluaje, Fractures is the final installment of the ESTATE trilogy.

Full show coming to Soho Theatre, Spring/Summer 2017

FRACTURES by Oladipo Agboluaje

Soho theatre and nitroBEAT in association with Elufowojujr Ensemble.

Set in Lagos, Nigeria during the passing of the anti-gay bill, oil subsidy removal and the rise of the Occupy movement, Fractures is the final installment of a trilogy revolving around the Adeyemi family, first seen in The Estate performed in 2006, and the Oliver Award nominated Iya-Ile (The First Wife) in 2009.

Written by nitroBEAT Artistic Associate Oladipo Agboluaje and directed by Femi Elufowoju, jr, Fractures exposes family feuds, gender roles, class divides and fierce ambition with a contemporary Nigerian Afrobeats soundtrack and a stylized performance edge.

Currently in development for Spring 2017, there will be a range of projects, events, talks, DJ nights and workshops taking place around the production.

The Estate was first performed in 2006. It was a collaboration between Tiata Fahodzi and Soho Theatre. Iya-Ile (The First Wife) was produced by the same collaborators in 2009, and was nominated for an Olivier Award. Although The Estate was produced first, Iya-Ile precedes it in chronological order.

•Profiles

Femi Elufowoju, jr is an actor-director, and freelance producer of Radio Drama for the BBC. He was recently recognized by the Nigeria High Commission Centenary Awards committee as one of 100 Outstanding Nigerians, resident in the UK.

As an actor he has featured in BAFTA nominated & award-winning programmes including Borgen, Moses Jones, Wire in the Blood and Little Miss Jocelyn. He has worked with acclaimed Italian and Oscar award winning film director Guiseppe Tornatore on The Legend of 1900 and Mechanic: Resurrection alongside Tommy Lee Jones and Jason Statham for Millennium Films.

Between 2003 -2015 Elufowoju, jr joined Complicite on their national and global tour of LionBoy, and recently, The Ghost Train for Told by an Idiot and the Royal Exchange in Manchester.

As a director, he has directed plays for Salisbury Playhouse, Southwark Playhouse and the National Theatre. Between 2003-2005 he was an Associate Director at the Royal Court and West Yorkshire Playhouse. He was also Michael Attenborough’s Associate Artist at the Almeida between 2010-2014.

Elufowoju, jr is the first theatre director of Nigerian descent to establish an African national touring company Tiata Fahodzi. He artistically led the company for 13 years - contributing immensely to British theatre’s grand design. His penultimate production for Tiata Fahodzi (Oladipo Agboluaje’s Iya-Ile, the first wife) was nominated for an Olivier Award - Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and was segment director of the Commonwealth Parade on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

He now runs The Elufowoju jr Ensemble, the brains behind Rotimi Babatunde’s stage adaptation of Lola Shoneyin’s contemporary novel ‘The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives‘(Ake Arts & Book Festival, 2013). The organisation recently collaborated on ‘Finding Home’ an ensemble of Performance Poets in Nigeria's first Spoken Word Theatre Production (Terra Kulture, 2014).

Femi shares his time between the UK and Nigeria fulfilling professional engagements, and has recently concluded his first leg of visiting all 54 nations in the continent of Africa, Project 5460.

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Oladipo Agboluaje is an award-winning playwright and a significant force in British drama. Described as an 'exciting, vital new voice' (Time Out), Agboluaje demonstrates his versatility to write plays that transcend African and British cultures.

Born in Hackney and educated in both Britain and Nigeria, he began writing short stories at a young age. After completing his BA at the University of Benin, West Africa, he returned to London in 1995 and attended the London Metropolitan University where he received an M.A. in Literature. He later wrote a doctoral thesis at the Open University on West and South African drama.

His first play Early Morning, was produced by Futuretense and performed at Oval House Theatre in 2003. Since then, he has gone on to write plays such as The Estate, For One Night Only and Mother Courage and Her Children (African adaptation for Eclipse Theatre). He is the winner of the prestigious Alfred Fagon Award, and a received a 2010 Olivier award nomination for Outstanding Achievement In An Affiliate Theatre for his 2009 play for Iya - lle (The First Wife).

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Femi Elufowoju, jr is an actor-director, and freelance producer of Radio Drama for the BBC. He was recently recognized by the Nigeria High Commission Centenary Awards committee as one of 100 Outstanding Nigerians, resident in the UK.

As an actor he has featured in BAFTA nominated & award-winning programmes including Borgen, Moses Jones, Wire in the Blood and Little Miss Jocelyn. He has worked with acclaimed Italian and Oscar award winning film director Guiseppe Tornatore on The Legend of 1900 and Mechanic: Resurrection alongside Tommy Lee Jones and Jason Statham for Millennium Films.

Between 2003 -2015 Elufowoju, jr joined Complicite on their national and global tour of LionBoy, and recently, The Ghost Train for Told by an Idiot and the Royal Exchange in Manchester.

As a director, he has directed plays for Salisbury Playhouse, Southwark Playhouse and the National Theatre. Between 2003-2005 he was an Associate Director at the Royal Court and West Yorkshire Playhouse. He was also Michael Attenborough’s Associate Artist at the Almeida between 2010-2014.

Elufowoju, jr is the first theatre director of Nigerian descent to establish an African national touring company Tiata Fahodzi. He artistically led the company for 13 years - contributing immensely to British theatre’s grand design. His penultimate production for Tiata Fahodzi (Oladipo Agboluaje’s Iya-Ile, the first wife) was nominated for an Olivier Award - Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and was segment director of the Commonwealth Parade on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

He now runs The Elufowoju jr Ensemble, the brains behind Rotimi Babatunde’s stage adaptation of Lola Shoneyin’s contemporary novel ‘The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives‘(Ake Arts & Book Festival, 2013). The organisation recently collaborated on ‘Finding Home’ an ensemble of Performance Poets in Nigeria's first Spoken Word Theatre Production (Terra Kulture, 2014).

Femi shares his time between the UK and Nigeria fulfilling professional engagements, and has recently concluded his first leg of visiting all 54 nations in the continent of Africa, Project 5460.

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Oladipo Agboluaje is an award-winning playwright and a significant force in British drama. Described as an 'exciting, vital new voice' (Time Out), Agboluaje demonstrates his versatility to write plays that transcend African and British cultures.

Born in Hackney and educated in both Britain and Nigeria, he began writing short stories at a young age. After completing his BA at the University of Benin, West Africa, he returned to London in 1995 and attended the London Metropolitan University where he received an M.A. in Literature. He later wrote a doctoral thesis at the Open University on West and South African drama.

His first play Early Morning, was produced by Futuretense and performed at Oval House Theatre in 2003. Since then, he has gone on to write plays such as The Estate, For One Night Only and Mother Courage and Her Children (African adaptation for Eclipse Theatre). He is the winner of the prestigious Alfred Fagon Award, and a received a 2010 Olivier award nomination for Outstanding Achievement In An Affiliate Theatre for his 2009 play for Iya - lle (The First Wife).

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