From left to right: Tunji Lucas, Pamela Okoroafor, Kemi BoJacobs and Karlina Grace
The Burial is a new play written by award-winning playwright Bola Agbaje, which will run at the Albany Thursday 2 – Saturday 11 May with a cast including Kemi-Bo Jacobs, Karlina Grace, Pamela Okoroafor and Tunji Lucas.
Presented by StoneCrabs Theatre Company and the Albany, this lively new satire explores how the conflicting traditions and religious tensions of one family reveal an unlikely respect for their Nigerian and British-Nigerian cultures.
Kemi-Bo Jacobs was last seen in Cross Purpose at The King’s Head Theatre; Karlina Grace’s credits include Welcome to Thebes at The National Theatre and The Asphalt Kiss for StoneCrabs; Pamela Okoroafor was part of the hit cast of Fela! at The National Theatre. Completing the cast, Tunji Lucas appeared in Bola’s first play Gone Too Far at the Royal Court Theatre and has since reprised his role in the forthcoming feature film of the same play. Tunji was most recently seen in Damned by Despair at The National Theatre.
Funmi has it all: a career, doting husband and a comfortable life in London… until the day her father dies and his two Nigerian wives arrive in a flurry of designer shoes and polished fingernails to clash over his burial arrangements. Born a Muslim, married a Christian and with new-found Buddhist beliefs, Funmi is forced to confront the past and her own faith to end the war over her father’s body.
The Burial is at The Albany from 2 - 11 May 2013