The Fishermen

In a small Nigerian town Ben, Obembe and their two older brothers slip away to fish at a forbidden river. Unnoticed and carefree they continue until 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' critically acclaimed award-winning production of Chigozie Obioma's powerful allegory of brotherhood, vengeance and fate adapted by Gbolahan Obisesan arrives in the West End for the first time.

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by Anthony Walker-Cook - Sep 6, 2019
After a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe and a sold-out run at the Arcola at the end of last year, Gbolahan Obisesan's adaptation of Chigozie Obioma's novel The Fishermen is now at the Trafalgar Studios.
by TV News Desk - Sep 20, 2018
The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (HSDFF), presented by Mountain Valley Spring Water, announced today the official selections for this year's short and feature documentary lineups. This year's festival will include additional categories including U.S., International, Southern Stories, Sports, as well as a spotlight on films Made in Arkansas. Now approaching its 27th year, HSDFF is the longest running all-documentary festival in North America and is Academy Award®-Qualifying in the Documentary Short Subject Category.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2019
BAFTA and Olivier award-winning playwright debbie tucker green's drama about relationships, power and sex tourism will tour for the first time in a new production from East Midlands theatre company New Perspectives. trade is set on a Caribbean island and tells the story of three women, each distinct from the others. As the sun beats down, the drinks are poured for tourists and men flitter in and out of the picture, their three very different stories emerge. On the surface, they have little in common: the youngest is visiting for the first time, another lives here permanently and the last woman is a regular visitor. But despite their apparent differences, it gradually becomes clear their lives are all shaped by the same thing: transactions.
by TV News Desk - Sep 1, 2016
Discovery Channel announced the purchase of global rights of the revealing documentary SACRED COD. The film will make its world premiere at the 2016 Camden International Film Festival and debut on Discovery in 2017 under the Discovery Impact banner.
by Stage Tube - Oct 29, 2018
An elegant, engaging and cinematic verite documentary series celebrating the deep emotional bonds between people and their beloved four-legged best friends. The series tracks six incredible stories from across the globe including Syria, Japan, Costa Rica, Italy and the US—each proving that the unconditional love one feels for their dog is a beautiful universal truth. With episodes helmed by critically acclaimed directors including: Academy Award-nominated Amy Berg (Deliver Us From Evil), Academy Award-winning Roger Ross Williams (Life Animated, Music by Prudence), Academy Award-nominated Heidi Ewing (Jesus Camp, One of Us), Emmy Award-winning Richard Hankin (The Jinx) and Academy Award-winners T.J. Martin and Daniel Lindsay (Undefeated), Dogs takes us on an inspirational journey exploring the remarkable, perhaps even magical qualities that have given these animals such a special place in all of our hearts.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2017
HOME today announces its new season of international theatre and dance from February to September 2018. Check out the trailer for the upcoming season below!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2015
Until recently, I'm ashamed to admit, my reading of Nigerian authors was limited to the works of Chinua Achebe (which are certainly worth reading, if you haven't already). I had been overlooking a host of more recent fiction from Nigerian voices, all of which work to highlight the complex and often misunderstood history and culture of this unusual country.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2018
Following a Stage Award winning run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe and a sold-out week at the Arcola in September, News Perspectives adaptation of the Booker Prize-nominated novel by Chigozie Obioma will return to the Arcola for a two-week run. Gbolahan Obisesan has adapted the story of four brothers torn apart by a prophecy. In a small Nigerian town, Ben and Obembe slip away to fish at a forbidden river along with their two older brothers. Risking the wrath of their father, who expects great things of them all, they continue unnoticed and carefree until one day the prophecy of a madman changes the course of their lives. Based on the Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novel by one of Africa's major new voices, New Perspectives in association with HOME present Chigozie Obioma's powerful allegory of brotherhood, vengeance and fate.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2017
The Las Vegas Philharmonic performs its Copland in Mexico Cabrera Conducts Copland & Revueltas Concert on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 7:30 PM in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. From 6:30 PM 7:30 PM, experience the sights and sounds of Mexico and the American Southwest with special guest entertainment, a painted violin art walk and a composer tour, which will introduce concert-goers to Mexican composers and their interpretations of the sounds of Mexico. The concert is funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Music Unwound Initiative.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2018
Josie Lawrence and Joe McGann lead the cast in the first UK production of American literary icon Don DeLillo's Love-Lies-Bleeding. The Print Room rounds off a year of bold and innovative theatre, dance, poetry and film with this perceptive and surprisingly witty story about a family trying to take death into their own hands.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2018
The North Wall Arts Centre today (1st October 2018) announces the appointment of its new Creative Associates. The ten companies and artists have been appointed by Co-Directors Ria Parry and John Hoggarth to inform the Oxford venue's artistic vision and to shape future collaborations. The Associates will be supported through R&D, residencies and co-productions.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2017
The Las Vegas Philharmonic performs its Copland in Mexico Cabrera Conducts Copland & Revueltas Concert today, November 4, 2017 at 7:30 PM in Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. From 6:30 PM 7:30 PM, experience the sights and sounds of Mexico and the American Southwest with special guest entertainment, a painted violin art walk and a composer tour, which will introduce concert-goers to Mexican composers and their interpretations of the sounds of Mexico. The concert is funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Music Unwound Initiative.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2017
Following an ambitious year that culminated in the first rural tour of Richard Bean's epic farming saga Harvest, 2018 will see New Perspectives touring increasingly adventurous new theatre to spaces of all shapes and sizes, from mid-scale theatres to village halls. From rural Nigeria to modern Mumbai to the 1960's English countryside, the company will be bringing global stories to audiences across the UK.
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2015
Jaap Van der Zwan, a man filled with passion, has completed his newest book 'Brackish Water': a gripping and potent tale bound by suspense as one family fights for their livelihood with passion and treason, sorrow and courage to achieve their dream, or die trying.
by TV News Desk - May 19, 2014
The heart-pounding Wicked Tuna season three finale premieres Sunday, June 8, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT, followed immediately by the debut of National Geographic Channel's first live talk show, Reel Talk Live, at 10:00 p.m. E
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2018
Assembly Festival (1st - 27th August 2018) announced its FULL programme goes on sale at 10am today (Thu 17 May 2018). This year there are 208 shows - 60 theatre acts, 60 comedy shows and the biggest programme of cabaret Assembly Festival has ever staged.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2019
Following a Stage Award winning run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe and two sold-out runs at the Arcola, New Perspectives' adaptation of the Booker Prize-nominated novel by Chigozie Obioma will receive a West End transfer in September 2019. Gbolahan Obisesan has adapted the story of four brothers torn apart by a prophecy. In a small Nigerian town, Ben and Obembe slip away to fish at a forbidden river along with their two older brothers. Risking the wrath of their father, who expects great things of them all, they continue unnoticed and carefree until one day the prophecy of a madman changes the course of their lives. Based on the Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novel by one of Africa's major new voices, New Perspectives present Chigozie Obioma's powerful allegory of brotherhood, vengeance and fate.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2019
Following a bumper year of five shows which saw East Midlands theatre company New Perspectives premiere their Stage Award winning show The Fishermen, a new production based on John Berger's masterpiece A Fortunate Man, and a first-time collaboration with Midland's rural touring company Pentabus on Crossings, New Perspectives have announced two rural touring productions for 2019. The Man Without A Past, a new adaptation of Finnish film, and a new production of debbie tucker green's trade join their 2019 programme, which has already seen the first of this year's international appearances with A Fortunate Man presented at the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival in January, one of only two British companies to take part in the festival.
by TV News Desk - Mar 20, 2017
SACRED COD, premiering Thursday, April 13, at 9PM ET/PT on Discovery, chronicles the collapse of America's oldest fishery.
by TV News Desk - Mar 12, 2014
From Original Productions, the multiple Emmy Award-winning series DEADLIEST CATCH kicks off its landmark 10th season at 9 PM E/P, Tuesday, April 22 on Discovery Channel.
by TV News Desk - Jun 8, 2014
The heart-pounding Wicked Tuna season three finale premieres tonight, June 8, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT, followed immediately by the debut of National Geographic Channel's first live talk show, Reel Talk Live, at 10:00 p.m. E
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2019
Following a Stage Award winning run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 and two sold-out runs at the Arcola, New Perspectives' adaptation of the Booker Prize-nominated novel by Chigozie Obioma will be part of the British Council's Edinburgh Showcase before a six-week run at Trafalgar Studios. Gbolahan Obisesan has adapted the story of four brothers torn apart by a prophecy. In a small Nigerian town, Ben and Obembe slip away to fish at a forbidden river along with their two older brothers. Risking the wrath of their father, who expects great things of them all, they continue unnoticed and carefree until one day the prophecy of a madman changes the course of their lives. Based on the Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novel by one of Africa's major new voices, New Perspectives present Chigozie Obioma's powerful allegory of brotherhood, vengeance and fate.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2019
Assembly Festival 2019 is delighted to announce another exciting year of theatre, from local artists to international superstars, to one-woman shows to energetic ensemble pieces.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2019
New Perspectives has announced new casting for the return of their award-winning production of Chigozie Obioma's Booker Prize-shortlisted novel The Fishermen, with David Alade joining the cast in the role of Ben alongside Valentine Olukoga who will reprise the role of Obembe. David Alade has previously played the lead role of Thomas in Stormzy's short film Gang Signs & Prayer directed by Rollo Jackson for the BRIT Award winner's debut album release. Most recently, David has written and performed in Foxhunting (Courtyard Theatre), a verbatim drama drawing on transcripts of interviews with South Londoners about their experiences of knife crime.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2015
NEW YORK, June, 2015 – OppenheimerFunds and the Financial Times today announced the longlists of 10 rising artists in each of three categories who are advancing to the next stage in the new FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Awards competition. Selected from more than 800 entries from 65 emerging-market countries, the nominees are vying for awards as well as global recognition. 
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2018
HOME in Manchester presents the world premiere production of The Fishermen, by Nottingham-based theatre company New Perspectives between Thursday 19 - Saturday 28 July 2018. The production then travels to the Edinburgh Festival, performing at the Assembly George Square Studios between Thursday 2 - Monday 27 August (not Mondays 13 & 20), and then touring to nine venues in England including the Arcola in London, Monday 17 - Saturday 22 September.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2016
Summary: The Tale of Aypi follows the fate of a group of Turkmen fishermen dwelling on the coast of the Caspian Sea. The fear of losing their ancestral home looms over the entire village. This injustice is being made to look like a voluntary initiative on the part of the fishermen themselves, whilst the ruling powers cynically attempt to confiscate their land. One brave fisherman from the village rises up to confront them and fights for his native shore, as a response to an act of cruelty inflicted on a defenceless young woman centuries ago. This unjustly executed soul returns as a ghost during this troubled time to exact a terrible revenge on the men of the village. The relationships among the characters mirror the eternal opposition between the forces of nature, with the intervention of mystical forces ratcheting up the tension. About the Author: Ak Welsapar was born in 1956 in the former Soviet Republic of Turkmenistan. He received his Master's degree in Journalism from Lomonosov Moscow State University in 1979. In 1987, Ak Welsapar became a member of the Soviet Writers' Association and received his second Master's degree in Literary Theory from the Maxim Gorky Literature Institute in 1989. In 1993, after spending a year under house arrest, he was excluded from the Writers' Association following the publication of some investigative articles about colossal ecological problems in Central Asia, mostly caused by the overuse of pesticides needed for cotton production. The consequences of this were terrible and even resulted in the Aral Sea drying up. The regime in Turkmenistan declared Ak Welsapar a 'public enemy', and the persecution that he faced began again, with redoubled force. There was a ban on publishing works written by him, whilst his published books were confiscated from bookstores and libraries, to be burnt. To avoid unjust imprisonment and the persecution of his family, Ak Welsapar eventually left Turkmenistan in 1993. He and his family have now been residents of Sweden since 1994, where he is a member of the Swedish Writers' Association. He has also been an honorary member of the International PEN-Club since 1993. Ak Welsapar writes in Russian, Turkmen and Swedish. Review copies are available upon request. Title: The Tale of Aypi Author: Ak Welsapar Publisher: Glagoslav Publications Language: English Translator: W.M. Coulson ISBN: 9781784379834 Extent: 168 pages Format: paperback, hardback, e-book
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2015
Duke's Chowder House is proud to be among the first restaurants in Seattle to be recognized with a 100 percent volume compliance rating for its seafood sustainability efforts by Smart Catch, a new sustainable seafood program that was created with chefs for chefs to help increase sustainable seafood consumption and support environmentally sustainable fishing practices. The program aims to address the main barriers to getting sustainable seafood to a diner's platefrom reliable sources to chef training and consumer awareness. The criteria are based, in part, from two already recognized standards - Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program and the NOAA Fisheries' Federal Fish Stock Sustainability Index. Restaurants that reach 100 percent volume compliance receive special notice on their member seal according to Smart Catch criteria.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 3, 2018
Fifty years ago, artist, visionary and writer John Berger and Swiss photographer Jean Mohr published A Fortunate Man, a meditation on the role of a doctor that is still widely read by doctors today. It followed the day-to-day life of English country GP John Sassall, witnessing through storytelling and photography his compassion as well as his practice as a physician. Fifteen years after the book's publication, the doctor John Sassall committed suicide.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 3, 2018
Fringe First-winning playwright Gbolahan Obisesan adapts the story of four brothers torn apart by a prophecy. In a small Nigerian town, Ben and Obembe slip away to fish at a forbidden river along with their two older brothers. Risking the wrath of their father, who expects great things of them all, they continue unnoticed and carefree until one day the prophecy of a madman changes the course of their lives. Based on the Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novel by one of Africa's major new voices, New Perspectives in association with HOME present Chigozie Obioma's powerful allegory of brotherhood, vengeance and fate.
by David Fick - Jul 17, 2014
Acclaimed South African writer-director Lara Foot's new play deals with the specific trials and tribulations of the fishing community of western Kenya, telling a story that holds a great deal of resonance for us here in South Africa, without being drowned out by our own socio-political history and situation.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2019
59E59 Theaters (Val Day, Artistic Director; Brian Beirne, Managing Director) is thrilled to present the New York premiere of IMAGINING MADOFF, written by Deb Margolin and directed by Jerry Heymann. Produced by New Light Theater Project, IMAGINING MADOFF begins performances on Friday, March 1 for a limited engagement through Saturday, March 23. Press Opening is Wednesday, March 6. The performance schedule is Tuesday - Friday at 7:30 PM; Saturday at 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM; Sunday at 2:30 PM. Performances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues). Single tickets are $25 ($20 for 59E59 Members). To purchase tickets, call the 59E59 Box Office at 646-892-7999 or visit www.59e59.org.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2019
Spanish-American guitarist Oscar Peñas will bring his newest musical oeuvre Almadraba to Aaron Davis Hall for two concerts presented by City College Center for the Arts (CCCA) at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 7, and Friday, February 8.  A fascinating mix of the jazz and classical worlds, the Almadraba suite performed by the Oscar Peñas Jazz Quartet joined by the Mivos Quartet string ensemble offers a tribute to the musical milieu in which Peñas was raised and a classic Spanish fishing tradition. 
by TV News Desk - Feb 5, 2016
Among the winners announced was NBC's THE WIZ LIVE in the category of Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series, or Dramatic Special.
by TV News Desk - Dec 9, 2013
Welcome to Eel Country! Maine is one of two states where eel fishing is legal, and it's the state's second largest revenue stream, bringing in approximately $40 million this past year alone! But in this icy New England state, catching this sort of liquid gold is slippery and dangerously fast! It all has to be done within a two-month window, so the fishermen who commit their lives to reeling in the loot (a maximum of 400 can obtain licenses) must endure all sorts of hardship, uncertainty and danger - all compounded by a lack of sleep -to turn eel fishing into COLD RIVER CASH.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2013
Just as critics and cinephiles are unveiling their "Best of 2013" lists, Museum of the Moving Image is announcing the six titles selected for its now annual Curators' Choice series, screening during the weekend of January 3 through 5, 2014. The films, programmed by Chief Curator David Schwartz and Assistant Curator of Film Aliza Ma, are Andrew Bujalski's Computer Chess, Wong Kar-wai's The Grandmaster, Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Pavel's Leviathan, Jem Cohen's Museum Hours, Jia Zhangke's A Touch of Sin, and Matias Piñeiro's Viola.
by Elizabeth Bruce - Dec 27, 2013
The most recent version of the famous and often controversial opera, PORGY AND BESS by George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward and Ira Gershwin, re-titled as THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS, is now playing at DC's National Theatre through Dec. 29, 2013. The opera, which has garnered scores of awards since its first performance in 1935, has been re-mounted by the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge with a creative team including Pulitzer-prize winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, who adapted the book, and Dierdre L. Murray, who adapted the musical score. THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS opened on Broadway in 2011.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2018
The fourth installation of ZEE JLF at Boulder, produced by Teamwork Arts, will bring more than 70 authors from around the world to explore today's hot topics while engaging the community in essential dialogue. ZEE JLF at Boulder is in association with Boulder Library Foundation, the City of Boulder, and Boulder Public Library.
by Movies News Desk - Aug 20, 2014
RADiUS announced today that it has acquired U.S. rights to Participant Media's critically-acclaimed, SXSW Grand Jury Award-winning film, THE GREAT INVISIBLE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2018
Assembly Festival (1-27 August) is delighted to announce more of its 2018 programme going on sale from 10am today (Thursday 22 March).
by TV News Desk - Apr 6, 2017
Discovery Channel is rolling out an all-new marathon line-up with EPIC WEEK, a seven-day celebration featuring super-sized episodes of the network's top series and new specials.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2018
Puerto Vallarta's Velas Vallarta resort shares the recipe for its Cucumber & Habanero Chili Margarita. To complement the drink, Executive Chef Guillermo Carmona offers some recipes from the resort's Foodies Cantina, a restaurant inspired by a typical Mexican cantina's food and drinks. Influenced by the city of Vallarta, the Smoked Marlin "La Tia" pays tribute to the fishermen who sail daily to earn their living. They explore the wonders of the Pacific Ocean and the beautiful landscapes from their boats. Perfumed with touches of Oaxaqueño mezcal, the Magret al Mezcal Amores pays homage to the farmers of the Mexican states of Oaxaca, Guerrero and Durango with fresh and fruity textures.
by TV News Desk - Apr 3, 2014
Fueled by live wow moments, #1 hits and breakout new series, Discovery Channel, with 11 series that averaged more than two million Total Viewers (P2+) each and SKYWIRE LIVE WITH NIK WALLENDA, the #1 LIVE event on cable, again landed in cable's Top 10 for Persons 25-54 in 2013.
by TV News Desk - Apr 22, 2014
From Original Productions, the multiple Emmy Award-winning series DEADLIEST CATCH kicks off its landmark 10th season at 9 PM E/P, tonight, April 22 on Discovery Channel.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016
Two River Theater presents Shakespeare's PERICLES, featuring original music and lyrics by Rinde Eckert, choreographed by Dan Knechtges, and directed by David Schweizer. The press opening is Today, April 22 at 8pm. Performances will continue through Sunday, May 8 in Two River's Rechnitz Theater, 21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank, NJ. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2016
Two River Theater presents Shakespeare's PERICLES, featuring original music and lyrics by Rinde Eckert, choreographed by Dan Knechtges, and directed by David Schweizer. The press opening is Friday, April 22 at 8pm. Performances will continue through Sunday, May 8 in Two River's Rechnitz Theater, 21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank, NJ. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Apr 17, 2019
Assembly Festival Announces More Shows On Sale
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2017
SACRED COD, premiering Today, April 13, at 9PM ET/PT on Discovery, chronicles the collapse of America's oldest fishery.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2016
Cincinnati Music Theatre (CMT) proudly presents Fred Tacon and Pamela Kay Day in the regional premiere of a new Broadway musical, BIG FISH, May 6-14, 2016 at the Aronoff Center's intimate Jarson-Kaplan Theater.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2016
Tonight, the 36th annual Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, which recognize outstanding literary achievement in 10 categories across traditional and emerging genres, were awarded at the University of Southern California's iconic Bovard Auditorium. James Patterson received the Innovator's Award, in recognition of his cutting-edge contributions to literature and literacy efforts; Juan Felipe Herrera was honored with the Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement. A complete list of this year's Book Prizes winners follows.