★★★★★ "A truly memorable production" The Morning Star 

★★★★ "A supreme piece of theatre" The Stage

Video footage features the original production of The Fishermen (2018)

About the show

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.

"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.

More Reviews

☆☆☆☆ "You'd have to go some distance to find better acting" Metro

☆☆☆☆ "Gripping...a great piece of theatrical storytelling" The Times

☆☆☆☆ "Bristling with energy...an 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

☆ "Gut-wrenching and captivating" The Skinny

☆ "Moving...spellbinding" Daily Mail 

☆ "Phenomenal performances...fast paced" BritishTheatre.com 

☆☆☆☆ "Something very special" The Guardian

☆☆☆☆☆ "Breath-taking" North West End 

"A thrilling hour of fast-paced action" The Greater Manchester Reviewer

Cast and Creative Team

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)
Cast: Michael Ajao and Valentine Olukoga (2018); David Alade and Valentine Olukoga (2019)


Toured: 19 July – 6 October 2018

Revival: 19 August – 19 October 2019

Banner image: Michael Ajao. © Pamela Raith Photography