|20101031||by Oladipo Agboluaje|
To mark the 50th Anniversary of Nigerian Independence from Britain, a rollicking new Peckham-set comedy by acclaimed young playwright Oladipo Agboluaje.
British Nigerian Noelle's son wants to move to Nigeria with his father, a Nollywood producer, for a taste of the good life he's been denied growing up on their Peckham estate.
The fact that Noelle's a disgraced ex-copper with criminal past and a severe lack of money isn't helping her hang on to him.
But when she takes one more dodgy job for cash, Noelle's pulled into a conspiracy which will finally force her to negotiate between her dual identities, and find a way of living with them both.
Noelle - Ellen Thomas
Paul - Tobi Bakare
Chike - Jude Akuwudike
Femi Fatai - Estella Daniels
Shina - Femi Elufowoju Jr
Simeon Atta - Lucian Msamati
Kayode/Henry - Chucky Venn
Chang/Khan - Paul Courtenay Hyu
Sanni - Wale Ojo
Gibson - Sean Baker
Barry - Ben Crowe
Mrs Witham - Christine Kavanagh
Director: Jonquil Panting
Oladipo Agboluaje adapted 'The Hounding of David Oluwale' for Eclipse theatre, and his free adaptation of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard set in a wealthy Nigerian family, 'The Estate', was the first of three recent hits at Soho Theatre, with 'The Christ of Coldharbour Lane', and The Estate prequel, 'Iya-Ile (The First Wife)', all produced by Tiata Fahodzi.
Other work includes 'Knock Against My Heart', 'God Is A DJ' (Theatre Centre); 'British-ish' (New Wolsey Youth Theatre); 'For One Night Only' (Pursued by a Bear), and 'Captain Britain' (Talawa).
He's adapting The Estate as a feature for Heyman Hoskins and the Film Council, and writing a feature from his short film 'Area Boys', with Mel Mwanguma for Focus Features.
Young playwright Oladipo Agboluaje's new Peckham-set comedy noir play.