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Playwright Bola Agbaje strikes again with new production


OLIVIER AWARD-WINNING playwright Bola Agbaje's new production The Burial will premier tomorrow at the Albany Theatre in Deptford, south London.

The Burial, which runs until Saturday May 11, is directed by Franko Figueiredo and explores how the conflicting traditions and religious tensions of one family reveal an unlikely respect for their Nigerian and British-Nigerian cultures.

Funmi has it all: a career, doting husband and a comfortable life in London – until the day her father dies and his two Nigerian wives arrive in a flurry of designer shoes and polished fingernails to clash over his burial arrangements.

Born a Muslim, married a Christian and with new-found Buddhist beliefs, Funmi is forced to confront the past and her own faith to end the war over her father’s body.

In 2007, Bola Agbaje won the Laurence Olivier Award for outstanding achievement in an affiliated theatre for her first play, Gone too Far, which has now been adapted into a film due for release in autumn 2013.

She has also been successful with her other plays and in 2008 was nominated for the Evening Standard Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright.

Other plays include Belong and Off The Endz, which have been performed in major theatres across London.

Thursday May 2 (preview) all tickets £8, all other performances £10 - £14.

A free post show talk will taking place on with playwright Bola Agbaje and director Franko Figueiredo, after the show on Wednesday May 8.

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