How Nigeria Became

29 Oct

A Unicorn production


Written and directed by Gbolahan Obisesan

9 October –  9 November 2014
Unicorn Theatre , 147 Tooley Street, London SE1 2HZ

An exceptional play with great acting, humour throughout, wonderful characters and a unique insight into how Nigerian became a country. This production is perfect for half-term. Highly recommended for children over the age of eight, and also for adults who want great theatre entertainment.

How Nigeria Became_Unicorn TheatreThe play is set in 1914, one hundred years ago exactly, and Nigeria is about to be formed. Herbert and his feisty troupe of female actors are preparing to stage a story for the British Governor and his wife.

The story of the Spear of Shango is about a brave young woman who must use her strength and agility to save her father’s kingdom. But there’s a problem, the story doesn’t quite fit with the governor’s vision of a united country…

This lively and vivid comedy offers an original insight into Nigeria’s beginnings in 1914 and commemorates the centenary of Nigeria.

How Nigeria Became is written and directed by the award-winning Gbolahan Obisesan whose directing credits include most recently We Are Proud to Present (Bush Theatre), Pigeon English (Bristol Old Vic/Edinburgh) and Feast (Young Vic). His play Mad About the Boy played at the Unicorn following being awarded a Fringe First for Best Play at the Edinburgh Festival in 2011. Gbolahan also won the Jerwood Directors Award at the Young Vic in 2009 with his acclaimed production Sus.

The cast are Rita Balogun, Tunji Falani, Stephanie Levi-John, Rebecca Omogbehin and Christian Roe.

Set and Costumes designed by Rajha Shakiry
Lighting design by Azusa Ono and sound by Donato Wharton
Movement direction by Diane Alison-Mitchell

For ages 8+
Duration: Approx 1 hr 15 mins


Box Office: 020 7645 0560
Twitter: @unicorn_theatre

Under 21s £10
Concessions £13
Adults £16
School groups of 10+ one teacher free for every 10 pupils
Disabled customers May bring 1 free for carer

10% OFF when you book for two shows.
15% OFF when you book for three shows.
Cannot be booked with a family ticket; must be booked together; cannot be used in conjunction with another offer; excludes previews; subject to availability.
20% OFF when you buy 4 tickets.
(must include at least one Under 21 ticket and one adult ticket, no concessions)




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