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Cast Announced For Bim Adewunmi's Debut Play, HOARD At Arcola Theatre


Cast Announced For Bim Adewunmi's Debut Play, HOARD At Arcola Theatre

It was announced today, 28th March, that the cast for Guardian and BuzzFeed journalist Bim Adewunmi's debut play, Hoard at Arcola Theatre will include Ellen Thomas (EastEnders),Emmanuella Cole (National Theatre's An Octoroon), Kemi Durosinmi (Arcola Theatre's The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives), Tyler Fayose (The Globe's Much Ado About Nothing), and Elizabeth Ita (The Favourite).

Femi Elufowoju, jr directs Hoard which opens on the 20th May 2019, with previews from 15th May and runs until 8th June.

'If I hadn't come here this evening, when would I have met him?'

Rafi and Ami are about to meet their little sister's boyfriend for the first time. Out of the blue, their mother arrives. Wura often shows up unannounced, and it's never been a problem except this time, it is. Why doesn't she know Brian exists? For the close-knit family, this secret has explosive consequences, one that forces the three sisters and their mother to face up to old hurts and unspoken tensions.

Bim Adewunmi is a senior culture writer for BuzzFeed News and columnist with Guardian Weekend. She is a 2018 finalist at the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) Ellie Awards, and her work has appeared in Vogue, Mslexia, Red, and Monocle, among several others. Bim has turned her hand to the stage for her debut play, Hoard.

Femi Elufowoju, jr is a performer-director, freelance producer of Radio Drama for the BBC and Creative director of Elufowoju jr Ensemble. Directing credits include: Tickets & Ties, The Hotel Cerise (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Dealer's Choice (Salisbury Playhouse) Off Camera, Medea (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Big Men (National Theatre), Bone (Royal Court), Blues for an Alabama Sky (RADA), The Gods are not to Blame and Blue/Orange (Arcola Theatre), Efe Paul Azino's Finding Home (Terra Kulture, Lagos & Goethe Institut/Theater Expedition Metropolis Berlin) and Things Fall Apart (Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre). He recently restaged The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives in a co-production with Arcola Theatre and subsequently for Ake Arts and Book Festival in Lagos Nigeria, winning the Off-West End Award for Best Director. Femi established the first ever African national touring theatre company in Britain, tiata fahodzi which he led artistically for 13 years (1997/2010). His penultimate production for the company (Oladipo Agboluaje's Iya-Ile, the first wife) was nominated for an Olivier Award. His has since served as Associate Director for Royal Court, West Yorkshire Playhouse, New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich and as Associate Artist at the Almeida.

Hoard was originally written for BBC Arts and Avalon as part of an initiative to encourage writers from genres outside of theatre to write for the stage. Arcola Theatre presents Hoardin association with BBC Arts and Avalon.

Arcola Theatre

24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 3DL

Box Office: 020 7503 1646

Performances: 15 May - 8 June

Monday to Saturday at 8pm, Saturday matinees at 3:30pm

Relaxed performance: Thursday 23 May, 8pm

Press night: Tuesday 21 May 2019, 7pm

Tickets: £10 to £22 (concessions available)



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