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Skeen! must be seen at Oval House Theatre

SKEEN!

Wednesday 18 – Saturday 21 January 7:45pm Tickets £8/5

Every youth in this play talks like they just bathed in weed fresh from yardie world, every girl gets mashed more times than sweet potato, is this the truth? This is what living in London today’s all about? SKEEN! is a play that challenges how young people are represented, and how, in a wider context, we choose to represent ourselves.

In his debut play, Writer Tristan Fynn-Aiduenu challenges how young people are represented and how we represent ourselves. Directed by Roy Alexander Weise

SKEEN! is part of the 33% London season, the multidisciplinary arts festival for Young Artists, by Young Artists, at Oval House Theatre. 33% London will also feature live acoustic music, a spoken word night held by The Roundhouse’s poetry collectives Rubix & Elephant, masterclasses from Frantic Assembly and film-maker Kwame Lestrade, and a specially commissioned exhibition of young artists.

Venue Information

Ticket Prices:

SKEEN! : £8 full price, £5 all concessions.

Box office: 020 7582 7680 (open Mon-Sat, 3pm- 8pm). Online sales: www.ovalhouse.com (no fee)

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The UK Corner theatre review: Fixer @ Oval House

Lydia Adetunji’s political play Fixer starts slowly. With a weighty storyline, Adetunji must get the pace just right. She manages this feat with impressive direction by Dan Barnard and Rachel Briscoe. In a simple set with only airline passenger seats and a crate of Guinness, they transport the audience to northern Nigeria.

The minimalism is enhanced by the energy embodied in sound and lighting effects, which frame each scene. Scenes are further charged with kinetic energy as the dynamic cast run, walk and kneel around the periphery of the stage. The atmosphere is electric and, electrocuted; the audience remains transfixed for the duration of the play.

Fixer cast

The cast of Fixer

Fixer appeals in every direction. It references left wing environmentalism and right wing economics. Centering on geopolitics and the media frenzy around an attack on a new oil pipeline, the play highlights the spin put on militancy.

In the struggle for the inside scoop, fixer Chuks (Richard Pepple) puts his life at risk as go-between for foreign correspondents and local groups. The role is financially lucrative but dangerous. In a world where corruption and bribery is rife, Chuks takes his chance to make a better life for himself and his sick daughter.

Fixer

L to R: Damola Adelaja as Laurence, Alex Barclay as Dave and Richard Pepple as Chucks

As a former journalist, Adetunji’s drama insightfully questions journalistic integrity and the price of human life amid ego driven career climbing. While the journalists use their contacts, capital and cultural heritage to advance, locals must rely on their wits.

With so many journalists as part of cast and crew, Fixer provides the perfect mouthpiece to frankly explore the ongoing issues of Nigerian activism and petroleum politics. This is an important play on important issues.

Fixer runs Tuesdays – Sundays at 7.45pm, until 10 July. Tickets are £14.00/£7.00 concessions. For more on Fixer, visit Oval House Theatre’s website.

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