From Spora Stories
Pandora’s Box - free half-term participation fun, Oct 27-31

Published: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 2:10 PM
Pandora's Box 2014 © Robert Day Pandora's Box 2014 © Robert Day

The exciting programme of free, fun youth and family participation activities take place at the CLF Arts Café in Peckham and Arcola Theatre in Dalston, this Oct half-term.

With its family storyline, the play drew many African-heritage audiences (children and their parents) into theatre for the first time. As importantly, it drew them in AS families, often three generations visiting the theatre for the first time together. We wanted to build on this!

They have developed a set of theatre and cultural events and workshops exploring the issues and themes of the play (migration, heritage, dual cultures). They're run by expert practioners, and aimed at young people, elders, parents, family froups, theatre-lovers ...anyone with an interest in African arts and culture.

They're for people of all ages and levels of interest to become more actively involved in theatre. You can engage in artist-led projects inspired by the show, attend artist talks, learn some Yoruba language, have a go at gele-tying, enjoy drop-in family story-telling/music workshops, or join one of our play devising or youth personal development programmes.

The Play in a Week Devising Workshop will be run with professional writers and directors. Teams from Iroko Theatre, Numbi Arts and Usifu Jalloh, the Cowfoot Prince will deliver the family-centred events.

All activities are free and Spora Stories gratefully acknowledges funding from Arts Council England, Awards for All and The Unity Theatre Trust in making this possible.

Info: Sign up now at, stating the name of the venue, workshop and date you’d like to attend.


Monday 27 - Friday 31 October - Play in a Week Devising workshop
10.30 - 1.30 every day - ages 11 - 18

Monday 27 October - Friday 31 October Out of the Box young peoples' workshop
10.00 -1.00 every day, ages 11 - 18

Monday 27 October
11.00 - 12.45 - Yoruba language workshop with Ogbeni (Mr) Kola
1.00 - 2.00 - Gele Tying with Tomi Ogunjobi

Tuesday 28 October
10.30am - 12.30 -Funmi Adewole - Dance & Storytelling
1.00 - 2.30 - Funmi Adewole - Poetry writing

Wednesday 29 October 11.00 - 12.45 - Yoruba language workshop
1.00 - 2.00 - Gele Tying

Thursday 30 October
10.30 - 12.30 - Usifu Jalloh - Travelling Trunk
1.00 - 2.30 - Usifu Jalloh - Jukebox Journey

Arcola, Dalston
Monday 27 - Friday 31st October - Play in a Week Devising:
2 - 5pm every day, ages 11 - 18

Monday 27 October:
1.30 - 3.30 Yoruba language workshop

Tuesday 28 October: TBC

Wednesday 29 October
1.00 - 3pm Funmi Adewole Dance & Storytelling
4.00 - 6pm - Funmi Adewole poetry workshop

Thursday 30 October
1.30 - 3. 30pm - Yoruba language workshop
4 - 6pm - Gele tying Workshop

Friday 31 October
1-3pm - Usifu Jalloh - Travelling Trunk
4-6pm Usifu Jalloh - Jukebox Journeys



Jukebox Journey is an inter-generational storytelling project aimed at African elders and young people. The aim of the project is to facilitate a meeting point and a sharing across generations. Both groups will be brought together to share a particular record, favourite song or story. Elders will be encouraged to tell their migration stories and memories. Young people will be encouraged to respond.


An African-themed, family friendly, drop-in learning workshop, offering a wonderful opportunity for the African community to celebrate its heritage and a space for multi-cultural, multi-generational participation.

Adults and children will be inspired by objects to create new stories together. Guided by skilled storytellers, they'll dive into an imaginative journey by telling stories and singing songs prompted by a series of objects that appear from a giant suitcase or travel trunk - a Pandora's Box of treasures and surprises. They'll experience the music, costumes and food of Africa through singing, drawing, dance and storytelling in an enjoyable, creative experience for children and the young at heart alike.

OUT OF THE BOX - Personal Development workshop

A series of enabling workshops for young people, exploring self-identity and cultural heritage. Out of the Box explores alternative positive images and role models available to young people.

Young people responded enthusiastically to the issues of Pandora’s Box, with the central character of a London teenager sent to Africa. This project will give them the tools to answer crucial personal questions, such as: what do I want to do in my life? What do I want to be? What do I love? What do I identify as my heritage? What groups do I identify with?

The workshop will look at issues of parent-child relationships in UK African families and conflicts, addressing concerns that are central to Pandora’s Box.


Participants explore the themes from the play and then create their own material in response to set tasks. The workshop will spark your imagination and encourage a collaborative approach to creating and performing a new ten-minute theatre piece.

Related links

Cast announced for Ade Solanke's Pandora's Box
Pandora's Box by Ade Solanke, 2014 tour

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