Rehearsal images have been released for Femi Elufowoju, jr’s production, playing at the Arcola Theatre from the 7th June. Here’s a glimpse of what has been happening… 

The Secret Lives of Baba Segi, Arcola Theatre (1) Ayan De First, Diana Yekinni, Christina Oshunniyi - Credit Ali Wright.jpg
(c) Ali Wright. 

Baba Segi has three wives, seven children, and a mansion filled with riches. But now he has his eyes on Bolanle, a young university graduate wise to life’s misfortunes. When Bolanle responds to Baba Segi’s advances, she unwittingly uncovers a secret which threatens to rock his patriarchal household to the core.

The Secret Lives of Baba Segi, Arcola Theatre (3) Tania Nwachukwu and Patrice Naiambana - Credit Ali Wright.jpg
(c)Ali Wright. 

Based on Lola Shoneyin’s novel, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives has been adapted for the stage by Rotimi Babatunde.

The cast for the production is set to include: Patrice Naiambana (Barbershop Chronicles, National Theatre; The Caretaker, Bristol Old Vic), Jumoké Fashola (Inspirit, BBC Radio London’s Sunday Breakfast Show; Dirty Little Secrets, London Festival of Cabaret), Christina Oshunniyi (Ife, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Africa Center; One Session, First Star Studios), Layo-Christina Akinlude (The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare’s Globe; The Cane, Bush Theatre), and Marcy Dolapo Oni (Iya-Ile, Soho Theatre; The Marcy Project, OHTV) will appear as Baba Segi and his wives.

Meanwhile, the cast will also feature Ayo-Dele Edwards (The Estate, Soho Theatre; The Lion and the Jewel, Royal Court Theatre), Tania Nwachukwu (The Dissidents, Tricycle Theatre; The Happy Theory, The Yard Theatre), Diana Yekinni (The Crucible, UK tour; Fringe First Winner Expensive Shit, Edinburgh Fringe), Ayan De First (Makinde, Ovalhouse; Ticket & Ties, Theatre Royal Stratford East), and Usifu Jalloh (Sweetpeter, UK tour; Ticket & Ties, Theatre Royal Stratford East).

The Secret Lives of Baba Segi, Arcola Theatre (9) Femi Elufowoju, jr, Ayan De First, Ayo-Dele Edwards, Diana Yekkini - Credit Ali Wright.jpg
(c) Ali Wright. 

The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives will play at the Arcola Theatre from the 7th June until the 21st July. For more information visit: https://www.arcolatheatre.com/event/secret-lives-baba-segis-wives/

 

 

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