Next month the Globe to Globe Festival 2012 kicks off and will be hosting multiple shows throughout April running all the way into June. All the way from Lagos, Nigeria, Renegade Theatre will present ‘The Winter’s Tale’ over two dates in May. This FABulous Shakepeare play will be told through Yoruba folk tales .
Thursday 24 May 2.30pm
Friday 25 May 7.30pm
The Renegade Theatre initiated the [email protected] project in 2007, where plays were produced twice every Sunday in Lagos without interruption for three-and-a-half years – a feat unparalleled in modern Nigeria. The company’s patron is the Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka.
Renegade Theatre has been one of Nigeria’s most consistent theatre establishments for more than a decade. It has presented more than 400 major productions in some of the major venues around the country.
The company produced the debut edition of the V Monologues -The Nigerian Story, loosely based on The Vagina Monologues and created the annual Season of Wole Soyinka Plays, which is now in its fifth year. It has presented plays in the last two Lagos State Government/UNESCO-sponsored Black Heritage Festivals – Aimé Cesaire’s A Season in the Congo in (2010) and Wole Oguntokun’s The Waiting Room in (2011).
Director Wole Oguntokun returns to the UK having previously been a consultant to the British Council and the National Theatre, London, in the latter’s production of Wole Soyinka’s Death and The King’s Horsemen (2009). He was selected by the British Council to be part of a Theatre Director’s Residency/Workshop in the United Kingdom in May 2011. He is a protégé of the Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka and is widely celebrated in the Nigerian theatre scene.
Yorùbá is a Niger–Congo language spoken in West Africa by approximately 20 million speakers.
Yoruba is the first language of an estimated 20 million people worldwide; a further 2 million people speak it as a second language. It is one of the six official languages of Nigeria. The native tongue of the Yoruba people, it is spoken, among other languages, in Nigeria, Benin, and Togo and in communities in other parts of Africa, Europe and the Americas. The Yoruba population in the UK consists of a high proportion of students and professionals who left West Africa for political and economic reasons. The largest concentrations of Yoruba speakers in London were found (according to a survey in 2009) to be in Greenwich, Hackney, Lambeth and Southwark.
Tickets for Globe to Globe start at just £5, and a series of multibuy schemes are in place, including the Yard Olympian which will allow you to see all 38 productions for just £100. Full details can be found at the end of this release.
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