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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)

"You'd have to go some distance to find better acting" Metro
"Gripping...a great piece of theatrical storytelling" The Times
"A truly memorable production"The Morning Star
"Bristling with excellent catch" Broadway World
" Intense and compact storytelling" Reviews Hub
"Mesmerising and muscular" London Theatre 1
"Charged and entralling" Culture Whisper
"Powerful adaptation" London Theatre Reviews
"Extraordinary intensity...explosive" Theatre News
photography by Robert Day

"Gut-wrenching and captivating" The Skinny
"A supreme piece of theatre" The Stage
"Moving...spellbinding" Daily Mail
"Phenomenal paced"
"something very special"
The Guardian

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

Photography by Robert Day. Video footage features the original production of The Fishermen (2018).

Target audience age: 14yrs+
Running time: 75


New Perspectives is an East Midlands' based touring theatre company, specialising in bringing new work to rural and community audiences. Through an annual programme of original adaptations, rare revivals and new writing, we aim to bring live theatre that is diverse, affordable and accessible into the heart of wide-ranging communities, as well as to regional, national and international venues.  
Our productions are testament to the fact that rural theatre is as relevant, challenging and vital as theatre made for any other environment. Our participatory projects, career defining training and mentoring opportunities for emerging regional talent and rural touring scheme Northants Touring Arts makes tangible difference to people where they live.

As a registered charity (no. 1058309), your support can make a real difference... Find out more


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