Following a successful Black History Month Tour in 2019, which was held performances at Theatre Peckham, Poplar Union and schools within East London, Gail Egbeson’s production will now appear at Vault festival.
The production directed by Lucy Dear, is a comedy play that explores the cultural debate between Nigeria and Ghana on which country has the best jollof rice, through the lens of a young black British couple. Kelechi Kalu and Kojo Mensah find themselves unable to agree on the type of Jollof Rice that should be served at their wedding and after failed deliberations among their family and friends, the couple seek to the last resort to save their union.
Jollof Wars is produced by Purple Moon Drama who have helped Gail develop her debut play with Arts Council funding.
Purple Moon Drama each year commission an emerging writer to develop a piece of work with a group of open-call emerging artists. They offer participants support from a professional creative team, mentorships and access to industry professionals through Masterclasses and theatre visits. They also produce an accompanying workshop to the written work and then tour the performance + workshop to schools, community centres and PRUs.
Cast includes: Maximus Morgan, Steffi Igbinovia, Wiktoria Wabnyc, Charmel Koloko, Jasz Brown, Stephanie Stevens, Bayleigh Clark, Fatoumata Touré.