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Chigozie Obioma with international editions of The Fishermen. Image from Daily Nebraskan.

In May of 2017, we announced preparations for the stage adaptation of Chigozie Obioma’s debut novel The Fishermen. Later in November, we announced that tickets had gone on sale for the production. Now the trailer is here.

The novel is being adapted by the playwright Gbolahan Obisesan, with the play to be directed by Jack McNamara. The production is by the British theatre company New Perspectives, in partnership with HOME, and opens this year as part of their Spring – Summer Season. The Guardian has called the production “something very special,” and the Manchester Theatre Awards described it as “stunningly good.” It is currently being shown in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Date: 2-27 August, 2018 (No performances on 13 and 20 August)

Venue: Assembly George Square Studios—Studio Two, Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Time: 1:20 p.m. daily

Published in 2015 by Pushkin Press, Chigozie Obioma’s The Fishermen was ushered in with a massive publicity campaign and became one of Africa’s most awarded debuts. We ran an early review of it. A winner of the 2015 FT/Oppenheimer Emerging Voices Award for Fiction, the 2016 Los Angeles Times Book Prize’s Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, and the 2016 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work (Debut Author), the novel was also shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize, the 2015 Guardian First Book Award, and the 2015 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. It further made the longlists for the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature and the 2016 International Dylan Thomas Prize, while appearing on many Best Book of the Year lists, including those by the New York Times Book ReviewWall Street Journal, Washington Post, and NPR.

Obioma, who is currently Assistant Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, last year had his second novel, An Orchestra of Minorities, bought by Little, Brown, for release this year.

Watch the YouTube trailer below.

BUY THE TICKET HERE.

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Otosirieze is deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined English and History at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is completing a postgraduate degree in African Studies, and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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