"Fly Home Butterfly" by Tife Kusoro dir. Abigail Sewell.
WEDNESDAY 19TH JUNE
The Ditch, Rivington Room
Laide came to the UK to find a better life for her daughter. She works back-breaking jobs to make ends meet for Dele's private school education. Dele tries to be academically excellent; a 'good' one. When Dele receives an offer to study at the University of Oxford, she is suddenly forced to question what it costs to belong and whether this price is worth it.
Tife Kusoro is a Nigerian-British emerging writer and actor who has recently completed undergraduate study in English Literature at the University of Leeds. Her writing for theatre has been shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon award, longlisted for the Theatre503 playwriting award and shortlisted for the BBC Drama Room. She is also a member of The Writing Squad, a development programme for young writers in the North of England, and was one of the 2019 Catalyst playwrights at The North Wall Arts Centre. Tife was a member of Talawa Theatre company’s TYPT:18 company, where she was a deviser/performer on sell-out show Run It Back. Apart from making work for theatre, Tife also writes poetry and prose fiction.
Since graduating in English Literature, Abigail has gone on to work as theatre director, facilitator and filmaker. Her work as director includes The Lost Ones (Ovalhouse), Never Forget (Tristan Bates) and Heard (Camden People's). Abigail has previously worked as assistant director on Pah-La at Royal Court and Things of Dry Hours at the Young Vic, where she also trained on the Intro to Directing programme. Following the completion of her residency as Young Associate Artist at Ovalhouse, she went on to assistant direct their production of Random Selfies. As facilitator, her work includes co-facilitating the chorus of the Royal Shakespeare Company's Romeo and Juliet (Barbican). Later in year Abigail will direct Pyneapple at The Cockpit and assistant direct the Royal Shakespeare Company's touring production of Merchant of Venice.
Ayo-Dele Edwards as Laide
Rudolphe Mdongwa as Demi
Seraphina Beh as Jemima
Veronica Lewis as Ayodele