Utopia Theatre presents the world premiere of IYALODE OF ETI
Total African Theatre comes to Yorkshire
Utopia Theatre presents the world premiere of Iyalode of Eti by Debo Oluwatuminu. Inspired by John Webster’s masterpiece,The Duchess of Malfi, and conceived and directed by Moji Kareem, this is a unique reinvention of a classic.
The recently widowed Iyalode longs to marry her lover Oguntade. But her scheming and controlling brothers forbid their union. When Iyalode secretly marries Oguntade, their love and lives are threatened. Iyalode of Eti is the story of how a woman asserts her strength and fights for her heart in a land ruled by men. An English play is retold as an African mystical fable riddled with rituals, hauntings, double-crossings, playful levity, and potent tragedy.
The production will open at West Yorkshire Playhouse on September 22, playing there through September 24. It will then tour to Sheffield Theatres (Crucible Studio) September 26 – 28 and to Cast in Doncaster September 29 – 30.
Set in pre-colonial Yoruba land, Iyalode of Eti transforms the Jacobean drama of the original into an enchanting, lyrical theatrical experience that is fresh, dynamic, and surprising. Rich language, bold characterisations, and thrilling storytelling carry the audience into an atmospheric world that is presented with startling intimacy and electric physicality. As visual as it is verbal, with the rhythms, flavours, colours, and myths of the Yoruba driving the intricate plotting, this is contemporary performance that blurs formal boundaries and transcends geographical borders. Ancient storytelling techniques mesh with modern physical theatre. Music, chant, dance and poetry are woven into an engrossing whole. Iyalode of Eti is classical theatre reborn, universal theatre for a global audience.
Please join us for this revelatory experience,
West Yorkshire Playhouse: September 22 – 24, 7 PM; Sat. mat. 2 PM
Sheffield Theatres (Crucible Studio): September 26 – 28, 7:45 PM
Cast Doncaster: September 29 – 30, 7:45 PM
This production has been made possible through funding from Arts Council England and the Unity Trust and with the support of West Yorkshire Playhouse, Sheffield Theatres, and Cast in Doncaster.
ADEKUNLE/BABA IFA/ORIYOMI ….. Ayan De First
ADUNNI/FIGURE 1 (SPIRIT BEING) ….. Lola Adodo
AKANBI ….. Sola Akingbola
ESUBIYI ….. Tunji Falana
FIGURE 2 (SPIRIT BEING)/EGUNGUN ….. Travis Robinson
IYALODE ….. Kehinde Bankole
LABAKE ….. Ayo-Dele Edwards
OGUNTADE ….. Patrick Diabuah
OLOYE OLOROGUN ….. Patrice Naiambana
OLUAWO … Tunde Euba
OSUNKEMI ….. Golda John
Writer: Debo Oluwatuminu
Director: Moji Kareem
Designer: Emma Williams
Costume Designer: Adesola Obebe
Lighting Designer: Chris Speight
Sound Designer: Rob Hart
Musical Director: Sola Akingbola
Musicians: Sola Akingbola
Ayan De First
Choreographers: Lola Adodo
Dramaturg: Moji Kareem
Production Manager/Associate Producer: Timothy Trimingham Lee
Company Stage Manager: Helen Fagelman
Audience Development: Odun Obebe
Iyalode of Eti was developed with the support of Arts Council England and presented as a workshop in London in 2015 on September 12 at Rich Mix and on September 13 at Arcola Theatre.
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