Menagerie and Soho Theatre in association with The Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Egusi Soup

  • By Janice Okoh
  • Wed 23 May - Sat 9 June, 8pm (3.30pm Sat)
  • £10 - £15

‘Okoh’s play is punchy and funny, and generates much laughter of recognition.’ -Stage

‘The visual comedy throughout Egusi soup and the punch-lines delivered with them are a winning combination…’ The Public Reviews

Egusi Soup

A funny and poignant debut play from Bruntwood Prize Winning Writer, Janice Okoh.

As the Anyia’s, a British-Nigerian family, pack their suitcases and prepare to head home to Lagos for a memorial service in honour of the late Mr Anyia, they soon realise they will need to get rid of some excess baggage first!

A fast, furious and funny new family drama about intergenerational and cross- cultural relationships. Contains plenty of spicy bits…

Menagerie is one of the UK’s leading independent new writing theatre companies, seeking out and supporting talented writers in order to develop and produce innovative new theatre. As well as touring widely, Menagerie curates and produces the annual Hotbed Festival in Cambridge.

NB. There is a post-show talk on Tuesday 29th May which all ticket holders are welcome to attend.

The First Lady of African Theatre, Ellen Thomas

Cast

Mrs Anyia – Ellen Thomas
Two time EMMA Award Best Actress Nominee

Grace – Rhoda Ofori-Attah
Otieno (Southwark Playhouse) – Critic’s Choice Time Out, ★★★★Times

Anne – Anniwaa Buachie
Alan Bates Outstanding Newcomer Award Winner 2007

Dele – Nick Oshikanlu
Director for acclaimed African Theatre company, Tiata Fahodzi.

Mr Emmanuel – Lace Akpojaro
The Ladykillers (Gielgud Theatre)

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‘Okoh’s play is punchy and funny, and generates much laughter of recognition.’ -Stage

‘…the insights into family life are vivid and well played, and as these 90 minutes go on it all gets richer and more compelling.’ Times

‘…contemporary questions of belonging, parenthood and multiculturalism…run alongside her excellent eye for humour.’ Spoonfed

‘The visual comedy throughout Egusi soup and the punch-lines delivered with them are a winning combination…’ The Public Reviews

‘Okoh has penned a delightful and laugh out loud comedy.’ A Younger Theatre

‘Something for all ages…It is definitely worth catching.’ Afridiziak

‘Hilarious…this company really knows how to tell a story with lots of punch as well as humour.’
★★★★ Evening Standard (on Menagerie’s Stand By Your Van 2009)

Creative team

Writer
Janice Okoh
Director
Paul Bourne

Cast

Mrs Anyia
Ellen Thomas
Grace
Rhoda Ofori-Attah
Dele
Nick Oshikanlu
Anne
Anniwaa Buachie
Mr Emmanuel
Lace Akpojaro

Comments

  1. Keep up the very good work...Well done to you all.. X

    Said emma at 22:33pm on 8th May 2012

  2. Very funny and relatable. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Said Nicole at 10:40am on 25th May 2012

  3. Saw it today... great performances... really great very funny but moving too...

    Said jo at 21:53pm on 26th May 2012

  4. My friend and I saw the play today and throughly enjoyed it. Very funny and entertaining.

    Said M Allman at 22:16pm on 26th May 2012

  5. a must watch. was really funny...very entertaining.

    Said rose at 23:15pm on 30th May 2012

  6. Cant wait to see this and watch Anniwaa Buachie in action.

    Said Derek Aidoo at 19:28pm on 31st May 2012

  7. Gosh. This play must come again soon. Quality acting,funny, but serious at times. One to remember.

    Said bradley at 16:47pm on 8th Jun 2012

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