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Writer : Gbolahan Obisesan (adapted from the award-winning book by Chigozie Obioma )
Director : Jack McNamara
Designer : Amelia Jane Hankin
Lighting Designer : Amy Mae
Sound Designer : Adam McCready (Poetical Machines Ltd)

photography by Robert Day

Monday 19 - Saturday 24 August, 12.15pm
Assembly George Square Studio 1, Edinburgh Fringe
As part of the British Council Edinburgh Showcase
To book tickets click here

Tuesday 3 September - Saturday 12 October
Trafalgar Studios, London
Performance schedule and to book tickets click here

Wednesday 16 - Saturday 19 October
Marlowe Theatre Studio, Canterbury
Performance schedule and to book tickets: on general sale from 5 August

"A supreme piece of theatre" The Stage
"Moving...spellbinding" Daily Mail
"Phenomenal paced"
"something very special"
The Guardian
"stunningly good" Manchester Theatre Awards
"a catch" What's on Stage

In a small Nigerian town, Ben and Obembe, along with their two older brothers, slip away to fish at a forbidden river. Unnoticed and carefree, they continue until one day the prophecy of a madman changes the course of their lives forever.

Based on the Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novel by one of Africa's major new voices, New Perspectives presents this powerful allegory of brotherhood, vengeance and fate in a new adaptation by award-winning playwright Gbolahan Obisesan.

"I cannot tell you enough how much I love the play adaptation of The Fishermen. Seeing the play last year was probably the biggest moment of my life so far outside of some very personal moments like my wedding. Gbolahan Obisesan and New Perspective's Jack McNamara distilled the book into two characters who move fluidly through different characters. They electrify the book and create such emotional atmosphere that I feared I would be hung at the stakes by the crowd afterwards for creating the story because of how many people were crying around me at the end of the show! I urge everyone to go see it when it goes to Edinburgh Fringe and then the Trafalgar studios this autumn"
Chigozie Obioma, 2019 extract from an interview in The Bookseller, for full interview click here

Photography by Pamela Raith
"breath-taking" North West End
"a thrilling hour of fast-paced action" The Greater Manchester Reviewer

Images and video footage features the original production of The Fishermen (2018).

Running time: 70


New Perspectives is an East Midlands based national touring theatre company, with a specialty in creating a diverse range of performances for rural audiences. We make ambitious and original theatre, focusing on new writing, adaptations and revivals, which we present in community settings and venues nationally and internationally. We provide career defining training and mentoring opportunities for emerging regional talent and manage the rural touring scheme Northants Touring Arts . 

Whether you’re a theatre lover, rural champion, or believe in widespread access to the arts then please help us make our work. Like every actor on stage, or each word on the page, every donor plays a vital role, your support can make a real difference... Find out more

 New Perspectives is a registered charity no. 1058309 


Mon 19 - Sat 24 August
Tue 3 September - Sat 12 October
West End, London
Wed 16 - Sat 19 October


Raw and poetic take on an economically divided world


A new fearless adventure
Unicorn, London
FrI 15 November  - Sun 5 January


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New Perspectives and the Unicorn join forces to bring Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen's brilliantly subversive picture book to the stage for the first time Find out more

The Fishermen returns to Edinburgh Fringe as part of this years EdShowcase line up before a 6 week Trafalgar Studio run marking New Perspectives West End debut Find out more