‘Heart-achingly beautiful’: THE FISHERMEN – Edinburgh Fringe

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Assembly George Square Studios (Venue 17), Edinburgh
2-27 August 2018
Guest reviewer: Esther Moorton

Michael Ajao and Valentine Olukoga capture the audience “hook, line and sinker” in this beautiful two-man performance about a family of four Nigerian brothers, Ikenna, Boja, Obembe and Benjamin – and a prophecy which brings devastation and loss.

Obembe and Benjamin (Ajao and Olukoga) tell the story through a series of flashbacks. When the local madman predicts the eldest brother’s death – “killed by a fisherman”, the family notices a change in Ikenna as he becomes more withdrawn.

Though the stage is set simply, props and the space are used well. It’s incredible how the actors change between past and the present, using little modifications to change between characters and scenes.

Heart-achingly beautiful, The Fishermen highlights the importance of brotherhood and family – “you are all I need”. Several audience members – including myself – were left welling up at the end of the performance.

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Laura is a US immigrant who has lived in the UK since 2004. Originally trained as an actor with a specialism in Shakespeare, she enjoyed many pre-recession years working as a performer, director and fringe theatre producer. When the going got too tough, she took a break to work in education as a support worker, then a secondary school drama teacher. To keep up with the theatrical world, she started reviewing for Everything Theatre and Remotegoat in 2013. In 2015, Laura started teaching part time in order to get back into theatre. She is now a freelance fringe theatre producer and runs her independent blog, theplaysthethinguk.com.
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Laura is a US immigrant who has lived in the UK since 2004. Originally trained as an actor with a specialism in Shakespeare, she enjoyed many pre-recession years working as a performer, director and fringe theatre producer. When the going got too tough, she took a break to work in education as a support worker, then a secondary school drama teacher. To keep up with the theatrical world, she started reviewing for Everything Theatre and Remotegoat in 2013. In 2015, Laura started teaching part time in order to get back into theatre. She is now a freelance fringe theatre producer and runs her independent blog, theplaysthethinguk.com.

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