Pandora’s Box – great Nigerian drama here 16 September, Newcastle Arts Centre

Newcastle Arts Centre, Tuesday 16 September at 7.30pm

‘You think England is hard? Compared to Nigeria? My dear, you haven’t seen anything yet!’  On holiday with her streetwise son in Lagos, a British-Nigerian mother is in turmoil. Should she leave her only child in a strict Nigerian boarding school, or return him to the battlefields of inner London?

ade  solanke   PB

Following sell-out shows in London in 2012, the award-winning British-African family drama comes to Newcastle. Acclaimed writer Ade Solanke and her company Spora Stories are taking the play on tour. Before the performance there’s a workshop (see below) and after the show a short panel discussion on the issues raised in the play.

Shortlisted for the Nigeria Prize for Literature, Africa’s biggest literary award, this moving tragi-comedy about families, betrayal, choices and love is suitable for all the family.

This performance is dedicated to the memory of local playwright and actor Osa Omorogbe who died recently.

Tickets £12 and £8. Pay at the door or reserve tickets by emailing

This is 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 multicultural, 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 trunk – a Pandora’s Box of surprises. The workshop will be from 5.30-7pm on the 16th. Email us for more info or for you and your family to be there.


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