Black Theatre Live


The Fishermen

New Perspectives present

In a small Nigerian town, Ben and Obembe, along with their two older brothers, slip away to fish at a forbidden river. Unnoticed and carefree, they continue until one day the prophecy of a madman changes the course of their lives forever.

Based on the Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novel by one of Africa's major new voices, New Perspectives, in association with HOME, presents this powerful allegory of brotherhood, vengeance and fate in a new adaptation by award-winning playwright Gbolahan Obisesan.

"One of the most surreal but gratifying experiences of my life so far was seeing the stage adaptation of my debut novel, The Fishermen, at the sold-out HOME in Manchester. When New Perspectives first floated the idea of having only two characters play an entire family of 8, I thought they were mad. But they pulled it off--big time, And with the talented two-man cast, the playwright, the director, and crew, the final product is, frankly, a theatrical marvel." Chigozie Obiama, 2018