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“You have to destroy the old monolith to create something new.”

Nigeria: ‘the Giant of Africa’. Conservatives rule over the biggest economy on the continent, and one of the largest and youngest populations in the world. What if the people wanted something different? What if they got it?

Hackney-born writer Oladipo Agboluaje (winner of the Alfred Fagon award for Iya Ile/The First Wife) and director Rosamunde Hutt (Love, Bombs and Apples) weave a gripping tale of conflict and compromise, setting the scene for a political revolution in 21st century Nigeria.

As time runs out to build a coalition which can challenge the ruling party, can progressive forces overcome their personal and political differences, or will their troubled pasts define an even more troubling future?

Praise for director Rosamunde Hutt’s Love, Bombs and Apples at Arcola:
★★★★ “A lesson in how to stage powerful, political theatre” – Islington Gazette
★★★★ “A truly exceptional performance” – LondonTheatre1



Tunde Euba


Gbemisola Ikumelo


Patrice Naiambana



Oladipo Agboluaje


Rosamunde Hutt


Jemima Robinson

Lighting Design

Richard Williamson

Production Manager

Ben Karakashian

Stage Manager

Sarah Julie Pujol

A production by Arcola Theatre.


Standard £17
Concession £14
Preview (14 - 16 February) £12

Tickets are £10 or less with Arcola Passport.

Monday-Saturday at 8pm.
Saturday matinee at 3.30pm.
No performances Sunday.

Press night - Friday 17 February, 8pm
Supporters' social - Wednesday 22 February, 8pm
Relaxed performance - Saturday 25 February, 3.30pm

Running time: 90 minutes approximately .