NEW PERSPECTIVES TO STAGE PREMIERE ADAPTATION OF AWARD-WINNING NIGERIAN NOVEL
New Perspectives has commissioned a new adaptation of Chigozie Obioma's powerful allegory of love, vengeance and tragedy The Fisherman.To be adapted for stage by award-winning playwright Gbolahan Obisesan, the production, in association with HOME, is scheduled to open in Manchester next July 2018 followed by a UK tour.
Told from the point of view of nine year old Benjamin, the youngest of four brothers,The Fishermen is the story of an unforgettable childhood in 1990s Nigeria and celebrates the African oral tradition.In a small Nigerian town, unbeknownst to their parents, four young brothers decide to go to fishing at a forbidden river. There they meet a local madman who utters a terrifying prophecy that one will kill the other. At that moment their destinies change forever, unleashing a spiral of fear which leads to a chain of events of mythic proportions.
Originally inspired by a telephone conversation with his father in 2009,Chigozie Obioma's debut novel was published to critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic, the winner of the inaugural Emerging Voices prize for African and Middle Eastern fiction. To be adapted for stage by the winner of 2009 Jerwood Directors' Award and becoming the Young Vic Genesis Fellow for 2015,Gbolahan Obisesa's plays have beenstaged at the Soho Theatre, the Young Vic, the Unicorn and the Bush Theatre, amongst others.
Onthe announcement New Perspectives Artistic DirectorJack McNamara said,
As soon as I read Chigozie Obiama's novelI glimpsed a powerful piece of theatre. Not only does it begin with a Macbeth-like prophecy, but it is told with an intensity and economy that takes it far beyond the page. At New Perspectives we champion unheard and unexpected voices from every corner of the world.Our adaptation will cut to the heart of this amazing modern story and bring a major new voice in African fiction to theatre audiences across the country.