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).
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