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Pulse: Passing Wind

A new play by Oladipo Agboluaje’s presented by Talawa Theatre Company
New Wolsey Theatre, Wednesday 8 June at 7pm

On Wednesday 8 June at New Wolsey Theatre, Talawa Theatre Company will present a reading of Oladipo Agboluaje’s latest work Passing Wind directed by Femi Elufowoju, jr.

Passing Wind is an affectionate satire set in the vibrant world of the Nigerian film industry. Arrogant thespians, a ginger-haired drunk, a vindictive producer of trashy films: Okafor has contended with and bested them all. He is on track to make the breakout Nollywood blockbuster; that is until everything falls apart on the last day of the shoot. Against all odds, can he get his film back on track?

Oladipo Agboluaje is a British-born writer, educated in Nigeria. His past plays include The Christ of Coldharbour Lane, Iya-Ile and The Estate (for Soho Theatre), The Hounding of David Oluwale (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Wish Collector and The Garbage King (Unicorn Theatre). Oladipo is currently under commission from the National Theatre, Tiata Fahodzi, Talawa Theatre Company and Tangle.

Femi Elufowoju, jr is a freelance theatre practitioner. He founded Tiata Fahodzi, Britain’s foremost African theatre company in 1997, and was Artistic Director there for the next 13 years. His production of Iya-Ile at Soho Theatre received a nomination for Outstanding Achievement at the 2010 Laurence Olivier Awards. He has been an Associate at the Royal Court, West Yorkshire Playhouse and New Wolsey Theatre as well as directing for the National Theatre, Southwark Playhouse and Salisbury Playhouse. Femi is currently Michael Attenborough’s Associate Artist at the Almeida Theatre and is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts.

2011 marks 25 years of Talawa, Britain’s foremost Black-led theatre company. To celebrate this milestone Talawa will present an eclectic year-long season of work that celebrates Black talent. Working with partner venues across the UK, including the West Yorkshire Playhouse, the Victoria & Albert Museum, New Wolsey Theatre and Young Vic, Talawa will continue its legacy of producing imaginative theatre that gives voice to the Black British experience, as well as cultivating Black audiences and audiences for Black work. Talawa are undertaking development work on Passing Wind with a view to mounting a full touring production in 2012.

For more information about Talawa, please visit: www.talawa.com

The New Wolsey Theatre – Wednesday 8 June 2011 at 7pm followed by a free post show talk
Tickets: £5
tickets@wolseytheatre.co.uk / 01473 295 900

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