Pandora’s Box returns for national tour this Atumn
Following sell-out shows at Arcola Theatre, the acclaimed, award-winning British-African family drama, Pandora’s Box, embarks on its long-awaited UK tour.
Nominated for this year’s $100,000 Nigeria Prize for Literature, Africa’s biggest literary award, and nominated for Best New Play, Off West End Theatre Awards, this moving tragicomedy about families, betrayal, choices and love is a must-see. This autumn offers the chance to catch this ‘touching, hilarious’ (The Stage) play that has been dazzling audiences with its ‘enthralling, brilliant’ (Public Reviews) story and performances.
Pandora’s Box by Ade Solanke opens at The Black-E, Liverpool (12 Sept), and then goes on tour: The Lowry, Salford (13 Sept); Newcastle Arts Centre (16 Sept); Bradford Theatres (17 Sept); Seven Arts, Leeds (18 Sept); Sheffield Theatres (19-20 Sept); The Drum, Birmingham (1 Oct); The Hub Theatre, Southampton (2-4 Oct); Millfield Arts Centre, London (8 Oct); Carnival Arts Centre, Luton (9 Oct); Broadway Theatre, Catford, London (10 Oct); Broadway Theatre, Barking (23 Oct); Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Tottenham, London (24-25 Oct); CLF Arts Café, Bussey Building, Peckham, London (27 Oct – 1 Nov) Hackney Downs Studios, London – for half term family participation only (27 Oct-1 Nov).
Pandora’s Box is generously funded by Arts Council England with additional funding from the Unity Theatre Trust.
– Winner of Best Playwright 2012 Nigerian Entertainment Awards
– Winner of Best Playwright, 2012 African Film Awards
“You think England is hard? Compared to Nigeria? My dear, you haven’t seen anything yet!”
Summer break is ending. On holiday with her streetwise son in Nigeria, a British-Nigerian mother is in turmoil. Should she leave her only child in a strict Lagos boarding school, or return him to the battlefields of inner London?
“What do you see out of that window? People right? Just people. Because there are no ‘Black’ people in Africa. Let him experience that for a change.”
A family spanning three generations and two continents meets in Lagos for the first time in over thirty years. But the joy of reunion also unleashes long-suppressed truths. An exuberant and thought-provoking mix of comedy, tragedy and family drama, Pandora’s Box reveals the heartbreak behind the difficult choices some parents must make – and the price their children pay.
“A funny, poignant play. All parents agonise about education. For black and diaspora parents, race and culture make the decision-making even more complex.” – Diane Abbott MP
Directed by Shade Oladiti, co-produced by Jon Harris. The cast will be announced shortly.
LISTINGS INFORMATION: PANDORA’S BOX NATIONAL TOUR
The Black-E, Liverpool
Fri 12 Sept, 7.30pm
www.theblack-e.co.uk | 0151 709 5109
The Lowry, Salford | studio
Sat 13 Sept, 8pm
www.thelowry.com | 0843 208 6000
Newcastle Arts Centre | Black Swan
Tues 16 Sept, 7.30pm
Wed 17 Sept, 7.30pm
www.bradford-theatres.co.uk | 01274 432000
Seven Arts, Leeds
Thurs 18 Sept, 7.30pm
www.sevenleeds.co.uk | 0113 26 26 777
Sheffield Theatres | studio
Fri/Sat 19 Sept, 7.45pm / 20th Sept, 2.15pm and 7.45pm
www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk | 0114 249 6000
The Drum, Birmingham
Wed 1 Oct, 7.30pm
www.the-drum.org.uk | 0121 333 2400/2444
Southampton Hub Theatre
Thu/Fri/ Sat 2/3/4 Oct, 7.30pm
www.southampton-city.ac.uk/hubtheatre | 023 8071 1818
Carnival Arts Centre, Luton
Thurs 9 Oct, 7.30pm
www.carnivalarts.org.uk | 01582 437 100
Millfields Arts Centre
Wed 8 Oct, 7.45pm
www.millfieldtheatre.co.uk/ | 020 8807 6680
Broadway Theatre, Catford
Fri 10 Oct, 8pm
www.broadwaytheatre.org.uk | 020 8690 0002
Broadway Theatre, Barking
Thurs 23 Oct, 7.30pm
www.thebroadwaybarking.com | 020 8507 5610
Bernie Grant Arts Centre
Fri/Sat 24/25 Oct, 7.30pm
www.berniegrantcentre.co.uk | 020 8365 5450
CLF Art Café, Bussey Building (with half-term family participation activities)
27 Oct – 1 Nov, 3pm
www.clfartcafe.org | 020 7732 5275
Hackney Downs Studios (no performances; half-term family participation activities only)
27 Oct – 1 Nov
http://hackneydownsstudios.wordpress.com/ | 020 3095 9742