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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)

Sunday 7 July, 3.30pm
Africa Writes Festival hosts a staged reading of The Fishermen
To book tickets click here

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

"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.

"One of the most surreal but gratifying experiences of my life so far was seeing the stage adaptation of my debut novel, The Fishermen, at the sold-out HOME in Manchester. When New Perspectives first floated the idea of having only two characters play an entire family of 8, I thought they were mad. But they pulled it off--big time, And with the talented two-man cast, the playwright, the director, and crew, the final product is, frankly, a theatrical marvel."
Chigozie Obioma, 2018

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

Running time: 70


New Perspectives is an East Midlands based national touring theatre company, with a specialty in creating dynamic 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 


Sun 7 July
Africa Writes Festival, London
Mon 19 - Sat 24 August
Edinbrugh Fringe
Tue 3 September - Sat 12 October
Trafagar Studios, London

Raw and poetic take on an economically divided world


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


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
Michael Pinchbeck's exploration of John Berger and Jean Mohr's seminal study of a rural doctor heads to Germany in June 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 here