Pandora’s Box UK Tour and Writer Competition

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Winner of the Best Playwright awards at the Nigerian Entertainment and Lifestyle Awards and the African Film Awards in 2012, and shortlisted for the 2014 Nigeria Prize for Literature and nominated for Best New Play, OffWestEnd Awards, the theatre production “Pandora’s Box” looks at a common diaspora dilemma. On holiday with her streetwise son, a British-Nigerian mother questions whether to ensure her son’s safety by depositing him in a strict Nigerian boarding school, or return him to the gang warfare of inner city London.

Are you a London-based member of the Afropean community? Would you like to attend an award winning play and write a review for Afropean? If so, we have three pairs of tickets for you to win for the award-winning production “Pandora’s Box” at any of the following dates and venues:

Millfields Arts Centre – Wednesday 8 October, 7.45pm.
Broadway Theatre, Catford – Friday 10 October, 7.45pm.
Broadway Theatre, Barking – Thursday 23 October, 7.30pm.
Bernie Grant Arts Centre – Friday 24 & Saturday 25 October, 7.30pm.
CLF Art Café, Bussey Building – Monday 27 – Friday 31 October, 3pm
Arcola Theatre, Dalston – Wednesday 29 Oct – Saturday 1 November, 8pm, matinee Sat at 3pm.

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The event taking place at Catford Theatre on October 10th will include a special panel discussion before the staging of Pandora’s Box. Join Diane Abbott MP, Richard Taylor OBE (founder of the Damilola Taylor Trust), Olu Alake (Emeritus President of 100 Black Men of London), Jenny Okafar (President of Nigerian Women in Diaspora Leadership Forum), Henrietta Abrahams (President of Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation) and Professor Osita Okagbue (Goldsmiths College) for an open, panel-led discussion on the subject of Pandora’s Box: taking British-African kids back to Africa or the Caribbean for education.Wednesday 29 Oct – Saturday 1 November, 8pm, matinee Sat at 3pm.

Written by Ade Solanke, directed by Shade Oladiti, and co-produced by Jon Harris, the award-winning play will be finishing its UK-wide tour at a number of London venues this month. Spanning three generations and two continents, Pandora’s Box is simultaneously comic, tragic and emotive, addressing the difficult choices families are often forced to make for the benefit of their children.

Afropean are pleased to offer three pairs of tickets to London-based members of the Afropean community in return for a written review of the play. The best review will then be published on Afropean.com. Please email info@afropean.com, expressing why you think you would make a great reviewer for Afropean, and which date you would prefer to attend.

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Listings:

Millfields Arts Centre – Wednesday 8 October, 7.45pm. Tickets £14/£10 conc £1.50 Booking Fee. Silver Street, Edmonton N18 1PJ www.millfieldtheatre.co.uk 020 8807 6680
Broadway Theatre, Catford – Friday 10 October, 7.45pm. Ticket £25/£20 conc Gala charity event Catford, SE6 4RU www.broadwaytheatre.org.uk 020 8690 0002
Broadway Theatre, Barking – Thursday 23 October, 7.30pm. Tickets £14/£12 conc Broadway
Barking, IG11 7LS www.thebroadwaybarking.com 020 8507 5610
Bernie Grant Arts Centre – Friday 24 & Saturday 25 October, 7.30pm. Tickets £12/£10 conc
Town Hall Approach Road, Tottenham N15 4RX www.berniegrantcentre.co.uk
CLF Art Café, Bussey Building (with half-term family participation activities). Monday 27 – Friday 31 October, 3pm (special £5 off for under 16),133 Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4ST www.clfartcafe.org
Arcola Theatre, Wednesday 29 Oct – Saturday 1 November, 8pm, matinee Sat at 3pm. Tickets £15/£12 conc, 24 Ashwin Street Dalston, London, E8 3DL www.arcolatheatre.com
For full UK tour details log on to www.facebook.com/SporaStories www.sporastories.com @sporastories

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