12 Sept - 1 Nov 2014
Pandora's Box by Ade Solanke - national tour

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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 this autumn.

This 'touching, hilarious' (The Stage) hit play has been dazzling audiences with its 'enthralling, brilliant' (Public Reviews) story and performances.

“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.

Join us at our family participation events, including creative workshops with artists and panel discussions on educating African heritage kids, with Diane Abbott MP, Prof Osita Okagbue of Goldsmiths, University of London, and Richard Taylor OBE, Founder of the Damilola Taylor Trust.

Recently nominated for the Nigeria Prize for Literature, Africa's biggest literary award, and nominated for Best New Play, OffWestEnd Awards, this unmissable and moving tragicomedy about families, betrayal, choices and love is a must-see. Winner Best Play, Nigerian Entertainment Awards and Best Playwright Afro-Hollywood Film Awards, it's suitable for all the family. Tickets from £8.


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

Bradford Theatres
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
hackneydownsstudios.wordpress.com/ | 020 3095 9742

Info: Pandora's Box is on national tour from 12th Sept to 1 Nov 2014 / visit official website for more information

Related links

Press release: Ade Solanke's award-winning Pandora's Box returns for national tour
Spora Stories website
Pandora's Box - review 2012
Ade Solanke - interview 2012
Ade Solanke - interview 2011

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