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Fishermen, The (stage version)

The Fishermen is a powerful allegory of brotherhood, vengeance and fate.

  • Full Length Play
  • Drama, Adaptations (Literature)

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Target Audience: Adult
  • Set Requirements: Bare Stage/Simple Set

  • Performance Group:
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
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 keep coming back until one day a madman's prophecy changes the course of their lives forever.

Adapted by Gbolahan Obisesan from the Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novel by Chigozie Obioma, The Fishermen is a powerful allegory of brotherhood, vengeance and fate. It was first seen at HOME, Manchester, in 2018, before a tour of the UK including the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, in a co-production between New Perspectives and HOME.


"Beautiful and memorable... something very special."

 The Guardian

"Gbolahan Obisesan has skilfully distilled this tragic story… [has] near-mythic qualities, exploring the bonds of family and the individual’s ability to defy fate."

"Chigozie Obioma's novel [is brought] to vivid, unforgettable life."

 The Skinny

"A supreme piece of theatre… what comes across most powerfully is the bleed between imagination and memory, as re-enactment can turn into trauma, and play can stop being play."

 The Stage

Premiere Production: HOME, Manchester, & Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 2018.
  • Casting: 2M
  • Casting Attributes: All Male

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