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Ade Solanke's Pandora's Box returns for national tour

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Pandora's Box looks at a common diaspora dilemma - is education better at home or away? (PHOTO CREDIT: Robert Day)

FOLLOWING SELL-out shows at Arcola Theatre in Hackney, the award-winning drama, Pandora's Box, is embarking on a UK tour.

Shortlisted for the 2014 Nigeria Prize for Literature, Pandora's Box looks at a common diaspora dilemma - is education better at home or away?

In the production, a British-Nigerian mother, on holiday with her streetwise son, is in turmoil. Should she leave him in a strict Nigerian boarding school, or return him to the battlefields of inner London?

This month, the British-African family drama was performed in Liverpool, Bradford, Leeds, Birmingham and Sheffield.

The London leg of the tour kicks off next month, at the Millfields Arts Centre in north London, before heading to the Catford Broadway Theatre on October 10.

Before the Catford staging, there will be a special panel discussion, Fight or Flight: Educating British African kids.

This is an open, panel-led discussion on the subject of Pandora's Box -taking UK African kids back to Africa or the Caribbean for education. Panelists include MP Diane Abbott, Richard Taylor OBE, founder of the Damilola Taylor Trust, Olu Alake and Jenny Okafar, President of Nigerian Women in Diaspora Leadership Forum.

Pandora's Box UK comes to Catford Broadway Theatre for one night only on Friday October 10 at 7.45pm.

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