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A week-long presentation of new work from emerging and established African writers. Six plays showcased as rehearsed readings with live musical accompaniment from James Lascelles / Juwon Ogungbe. Each reading will be preceded by a short new play by Pulitzer prize-winning author Suzan-Lori Parks.

high life by Lizzy Dijeh (Nigeria)
Directed by Olusola Oyeleye
Two Nigerian families living in today’s East End. One faces a horrible moral dilemma following the death of their popular teenage daughter whilst the other hides a secret connected to that loss. Cultural conformity battles against ethics and moral courage. How far will people go to protect their family, reputation, and their pride?

zuva crumbling by Lucian G. W. Msamati (Tanzania)
Directed by Svetlana Dimcovic
Inspired by events in the recent political history of Zimbabwe, Faith, a journalist and her colleagues find themselves implicated in the sudden disappearance of a charismatic up and coming politician in Harare. A hard hitting political drama where the lives of a few ordinary citizens are caught up in extraordinary and potentially cataclysmic circumstances.

a journey remembered by Nayesh Radia (Malawi)
Directed by Femi Elufowoju, jr
The 2007 Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade in the British Empire is marked by Tiata Fahodzi with this journey of two very different families from a distant past. The despair of indentured labourers in 1850′s East Africa passes through the generations, devastating the lives of their successors seemingly living successful lives in contemporary Britain.

oxford street by Levi David Addai (Ghana)
Directed by Syan Blake
Kofi, a young, black security guard manages to be a popular figure with his fellow staff members, but when an old ‘friend’ from his neighbourhood begins working at the same place, he threatens to destroy Kofi’s image and reinforce the stereotypes he has worked hard to wipe away. An Oxford Street retail store is the site for an exploration of ambition and responsibility to others.
Oxford Street was subsequently produced at the Royal Court in 2008.

the man who committed thought / african experimental odes (double bill) by Patrice Naiambana (Sierra Leone)
Directed by Adaora Nwandu
Having made a life in Britain during civil war in Sierra Leone how does an elderly father reclaim his land and dreams? How does a son bear up to the challenge of being in two places at once?
Performer-creator Patrice Naiambana (of Tribal Soul) offers an extract from his Edinburgh Fringe First Winner and a new offering which forms the second part of the trilogy.

the quest (filega) by Beminabu Kebede (Ethiopia)
Directed by Femi Elufowoju, jr
Spying, secrets, and fatal passions slowly emerge in a plot of Shakespearean proportions in this love ‘quadrangle’ set in a village at harvest time in the Ethiopian highlands. The play was originally performed in Amharic for the BBC World Service Trust broadcast in Ethiopia (February 2007), produced by Fiona Ledger.

365days/365plays by Suzan-Lori Parks
Directed by Femi Elufowoju, jr
Make me a Willow cabin at your Gate; Tundra; Lights and Rats; Giant Step; Diva; The Development of Tourism in Los Angeles County
As an added bonus tiata fahodzi showcased the UK premiere of 365 days/365 plays Suzan-Lori Parks’s extraordinary feat of writing a play a day for the whole year.
Each tiata delights play began with a short performance (no longer than three minutes) of a piece conceived and dedicated for that particular day within Suzan-Lori’s cycle. The beauty of this staging lies in the fact that these same plays will be performed on the same day in at least 17 other venues around the world.
365days/365plays aims to raise awareness of the deep underlying unity which universal theatre making exudes, and offers tiata fahodzi the rare opportunity to be part of a vast international project.

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