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14 February–11 March 2017

Arcola Theatre

New Nigerians

by Oladipo Agboluaje

Directed by Rosamunde Hutt

You cannot make dodo without frying plantain.”

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) join forces for this hilarious new satire about the state of populism in politics.

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



★★★★ 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


Tunde Euba

Danladi Musa/Comrade Edobor

Gbemisola Ikumelo

Chinasa Umezurike/Grace/Waitress

Patrice Naiambana

Greatness Ogholi


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

Standard tickets are £12 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
Dialogue Theatre Club post-show discussion - Tuesday 7 April, 8pm. Join us for Dialogue Theatre Club – the post-show discussion for people who hate post-show discussions. Led by theatre critic Maddy Costa and Jake Orr (founder and artistic director of A Younger Theatre), Dialogue Theatre Club is a bit like a book group: the people who made the show aren't present, so you can talk freely about what you thought of it and how it made you feel – and get drinks and nibbles to share, too.
The discussion will last about an hour, is free to attend, and all views are welcome.

Please note our access lift is currently out of order. If you require step free access, please contact Box Office on 0207 503 1446. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Running time: 100 minutes approximately .

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

Suitable for 16+

Press enquiries: Liz Hyder —

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

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