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29 August–15 September 2018

Arcola Theatre

New Nigerians

by Oladipo Agboluaje

Directed by Rosamunde Hutt

★★★★ “Suffused with warmth, hopefulness and humour, New Nigerians is no ordinary political satire.” – The Stage

Following a sold-out run in 2017, and ahead of a national tour, Oladipo Agboluaje’s smash-hit comedy returns to Arcola for three weeks only.

‘Packed with killer lines and comic characters’ (Exeunt), this new play from the winner of the Alfred Fagon Award for playwriting is a timely satire on the state of populism in our politics.

Patrice Naiambana (The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives) returns as the rabble-rousing Greatness Ogholi in Rosamunde Hutt’s acclaimed production.

As time runs out to build a coalition, can Greatness win power without losing his integrity? Could this be the beginning of a new Nigeria?

UK TOUR in association with Tribal Soul

21 Sep: Witton Lodge Community Association, BIRMINGHAM
25-29 Sep: Birmingham Rep Theatre, BIRMINGHAM
4 Oct: Leeds West Indian Centre, LEEDS
5-6 Oct: Nottingham Playhouse, NOTTINGHAM
11 Oct: Trestle Arts Base, ST ALBANS
12 Oct: University of Leeds, LEEDS
17-20 Oct: York Theatre Royal, YORK

★★★★ Deft political satire built on Patrice Naiambana’s compelling central performance
—The Stage
Robust satire ... combines local jokes with universal principles
—The Guardian
Aboluaje’s script is packed full of juicy details and jokes that stay just the right side of crude, and Rosamunde Hutt’s light-handed direction lets the actors have fun with it.
—Time Out
Quick-witted and endearing ... the stage feels full and vibrant, pulsing with comedic and provocative energy
—The London Economic
Packed with killer lines and comic characters
—Exeunt Magazine
I would recommend this play for anyone who enjoys political debate and witty banter
Stays energetically in the African context as a reflection on the state of the world ... vigorous embrace of matters which affect us all.
—Traffic Light Theatre Goer
A gloriously funny satire .. Naiambana is a magnificently ingratiating would be president
—Reviews Gate
A bright and funny play about politics in Nigeria, with a brilliant central performance by Patrice Naiambana.
—Ginger Wig & Strolling Man
A delightful, clever, and yes, mighty performance, all the trio were rightly cheered to the echo
—Carole Woodis


Oladipo Agboluaje


Rosamunde Hutt


Jemima Robinson

Lighting Design

Richard Williamson

Sound Design

Chris Drohan

Production Manager

Ben Karakashian

Stage Manager

Sarah Julie Pujol

Production Electrician

Eren Celikdemir

Costume Design

Kate Royds

Assistant Director

Richard Speir

Costume Supervisor

Hanne Talbot

Intern Assistant Stage Manager

Annie Fletcher

Props Assistant

Isabella Strada
Best £22 (£20 previews)
Standard £20 (£16 previews)
Value £15

Standard tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.

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

Press night - Monday 3 September 2018

Running time: 100 minutes approximately .

This production contains:
Strong language
Scenes of a sexual nature
Drug use

Suitable for 16+

Press enquiries: Sam Wightman —

24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DL
020 7503 1646

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