The Tale of Ikpiko

Chuck Mike with Performance Studio Workshop

“These hands and these alone would have cared
for her and protected her through her last journey,
but….the hands of tradition are stronger.”

Ikpiko describes the abuse reigned on girls who are not circumcised in mid-western Nigeria. The play occurs during an “inquiry into the happen stances” of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Chilling stories gradually unfold which, piece by piece, gather together the lives of these seven affected women. Will they ever break their silence to testify? Can their stories ever be heard?

Chuck Mike with Performance Studio WorkshopThe performance piece is constructed with dialogue, music, songs and dance. Director Chuck Mike’s other works include “Things Fall Apart” (Royal Court Theatre) and Biyi Bandele’s
adaptation of “Yerma” (LIFT). This production is supported by King’s Fund, Womenkind, National Theatre Studio and Theatre Royal Stratford East.