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Elufowoju Jr makes triumphant return to stage

STARRING: The cast of The Glass Menagerie

HAVING WON the 2019 Best Director Off West-End Theatre Award for The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives, Femi Elufowoju Jr returns to the Arcola in east London later this month with Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie.

Currently enjoying a two-week run at the Watford Palace Theatre, Elufowoju Jr said it was the feeling of sadness that came across when he first saw The Glass Menagerie which intrigued him the most.

“When I first saw The Glass Menagerie, I was struck by its desperate melancholy, but – despite its bleakness – I also found it very funny, especially in moments when the matriarch pays excessive attention to her grown up children. She reminded me of my mother and her parental instincts towards me and my siblings.

“The play seems so pertinent to our current times – demonstrating the universality of the human condition when governed by economic limitations and a harsh impoverished climate.

"I pursue work which speaks to an all-inclusive audiences and am excited to emancipate the text from traditionally imposed expectations and explore the world of a play with universal resonance for every creed, race and religion in our country and the world at large today.”

DEBUT

The cast for The Glass Menagerie includes Michael Abubakar as Tom Wingfield, Lesley Ewen as Amanda Wingfield, Charlie Maher as Jim O’Connor and, in her debut performance, Naima Swaleh, pictured as Laura Winfield.

Mehmet Ergen, artistic director, Arcola, said: “In our ever-changing world, one of the great classic texts about The Great Depression, The Glass Menagerie still resonates with audiences today.

Following the success of The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives, we’re thrilled to welcome back Femi Elufowoju Jr to stage his interpretation of this major work.”

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