Egusi Soup – Cross-cultural Nigerian family comedy now showing

A new play about love, life and loss, with plenty of spicy bits comes to theatres in London, Cambridge and Colchester.

“Egusi Soup” by Janice Okoh is a fast, furious and funny new intergenerational and cross-cultural Nigerian family comedy.

As the Anyias, 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, and not just of the material kind.

The chaotic return to London from the USA of the Anyias’ eldest daughter, Anne, disrupts the family equilibrium that has settled after her father’s death, and deeply held resentments resurface dramatically.

Janice Okoh is an award winning playwright. In 2011, her play “The Real House” (Three Birds) won the Bruntwood Prize and was short-listed for the Verity Bargate Award and the Alfred Fagon Award.  

Her recent theatre productions include: “Top Brass” (Theatre 503, 2010), a short play written in response to “The Charming Man” by Gabriel Bissett-Smith.  

Janice’s recent radio plays include: “Reunion” (BBC Radio 4 Extra, 2011); “Carnival”, a short play for the “From Fact to Fiction” series (BBC Radio 4, 2010) and “SE8” (BBC Radio 4, 2010).  

This year, Janice has adapted Malorie Blackman’s novel “Noughts and Crosses” for the Saturday Play (BBC Radio 4).

Making up the cast are: Ellen Thomas, Rhoda Ofori-Attah, Anniwaa Buachie, Nick Oshikanlu and Lace Akpojaro.

“Egusi Soup” is a co-production between Soho Theatre and Menagerie Theatre Company.


Mumford Theatre, Cambridge
18th & 19th May 2012
Tickets: £11.50/£8.50
Box Office: 0845 196 2320 or 01223 352932
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Soho Theatre, London
From 23rd May to 9th June 2012
Saturdays 3.30pm & 8.00pm
Tickets: £10/£15
Box Office: 020 7478 0100
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Mercury Theatre, Colchester
From 14th to 16th June 2012
Tickets: £11.00/£6.50
Box Office: 01206 573 948
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