Afridiziak interview with Lanre Malaolu

Interview by: Sophia A Jackson 
Published: Sunday 12 May 2024, 10:00pm

Now, I See is the second instalment in a trilogy by Lanre Malaolu (following SAMSKARA, The Yard Theatre) that excavates and celebrates the truth of being a Black man in contemporary Britain.

Award-winning writer, director, and choreographer Lanre Malaolu directs Oliver Alvin-Wilson (Kieron), Nnabiko Ejimofor (Dayo) and Tendai Humphrey Sitima (Adeyeye) in this brand-new work about brotherhood, healing, forgiveness, and redemption. The production runs at Stratford East from Fri 10 May – Sat 01 June.

Two brothers reunite to honour their sibling’s life at a celebration of remembrance. As they grapple with their loss, they are forced to confront their shared past and long-standing estrangement. Following the sell-out run of SAMSKARA (The Yard), Now, I See brings together a powerful fusion of movement, song, and text to explore the challenge of forgiving yourself for a lifetime of suppressed emotion, while celebrating the profound bond of brotherhood and the resilience that can be found in joy.

Lanre Malaolu (Writer, Director, Movement Director)

Lanre is an award-winning writer, director, and choreographer known for his groundbreaking fusion of movement and dialogue to tell socially engaged stories. His stage production SAMSKARA (The Yard) received critical acclaim and was published by Nick Hern Books.

Lanre Malaolu said: “The journey of Now, I See has been extraordinary, with last year’s workshop on the show leaving a lasting impact on all involved. It’s been a privilege to collaborate with such a talented and dedicated cast and team. I’m so excited to share the unique energy of this production with audiences far and wide.”

Need to know: 
Now, I See plays at Stratford East. Find out more via Afridiziak Theatre News  

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