Early Morning could well clean up at Oval House

Preview by Paul Nelson

EARLY Morning is a satirical comedy about three Nigerian office cleaners who mount a coup to take over the world.

Based on the writer's personal experience of low-paid jobs in the Capital and on first hand accounts of other London-based Nigerians, it is a joyous and colourful mix of Yoruba and English popular theatre that both vents the frustrations of London's Nigerian community and celebrates its valuable contribution to London life.

The production company Future Tense was founded in 2001 to create formally innovative new work for theatre that explores the diverse and fragmented nature of the human experience, and celebrates the extraordinary lives of ordinary people, concentrating mainly on these issues as they connect with the themes of home, belonging and identity.

The company has the privilege of having advice from their mentors, two award-winning pioneers in the field of contemporary performance - Marc von Henning and Robert Pacitti.

Artistic Director, Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa, won a bursary from the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme in 1999 and went on to train as a director at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Court and the National Theatre Studio.

She is a member of the Artsadmin Performance Lab. Recent projects include: Heartpiece (RSC The Other Place), Try Not To Worry (Tart Gallery), Brixton Stories (RSC Tour), The Daughter-in-Law (Young Vic Studio). For Future Tense: Sea of Trees (The Roundhouse) and Blue Light in Delphi (Jerwood Space).

Early Morning is Dipo Agboluaje's first play.

On Wednesdays, March 19 and 26, tickets to see Early Morning include free Post-Performance Discussions hosted by Zina Saro-Wiwa, a BBC Radio 4 journalist.

Wednesday, March 19: The Representation of Immigrants in Contemporary British Culture.
This is an opportunity for you to hear from the actors, the writer and the director about the process of creating this production, and share your views on the ways in which the play challenges the current mainstream representation of London's immigrant communities.

Wednesday, March 26: Early Morning - A Fusion of Cultures, A Fusion of Forms.
This is a chance to meet author Dipo Agboluaje and hear about his experience of writing the play; in particular about the reasoning behind the play's unique blend of Yoruba and English popular theatre forms.

Early Morning by Dipo Agboluaje, Directed by Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa Presented by Future Tense (originally developed by Talawa theatre Company) at Oval House Theatre (Downstairs), 52-54 Kennington Oval, London, SE11 March 12 to March 29 at 7.45pm. Tickets 020 7582 7680. (bookings@ovalhouse.com)
Oval House Information:
Transport: Oval Tube (one-minute walk Northern Line) Oval House is NOT in the Congestion Charge area
Access: Induction Loop, flat ground-floor wheelchair access
Car park for disabled visitors, on-street parking nearby
Café: Open theatre nights for wines, beers and meals HAPPY HOUR 6-7pm

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