Chigozie Obioma’s epic novel, The Fishermen has been adapted into a stage play. In May of 2017, it was announced that preparations towards the adaptation of Chigozie Obioma’s epic novel, The Fishermen, had begun. Now, we have a trailer.
Chigozie Obioma’s The Fishermen, a classic tale of boyhood, is being adapted by playwright Gbolahan Obisesan, and directed by Jack McNamara. For now, the play will be showing in Edinburgh, Scotland because the production is by British theatre company, New Perspectives, in partnership with HOME.
Date: 2-27 August 2018 (No performances on 13 and 20 August)
Venue: Assembly George Square Studios—Studio Two, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Time: 1:20 p.m. daily
The production has already garnered international praise as it has been called “something very special,” by the Guardian and “stunningly good,” by the Manchester Theatre Awards.
Set in the 1990s, The Fishermen is a coming of age debut that follows the lives of four brothers in Akure, Nigeria. The novel received accolades and praise from The Guardian and the New York Times, as well as numerous highly-acclaimed awards.
Since its initial publication 2015 by Pushkin Press, Chigozie Obioma’s The Fishermen has been translated into over 25 national languages. It has became one of Africa’s most awarded debuts. It won the 2015 FT/Oppenheimer Emerging Voices Award for Fiction, the 2016 Los Angeles Times Book Prize’s Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, and the 2016 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work (Debut Author).
In addition to all the awards, it was shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize, the 2015 Guardian First Book Award, and the 2015 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, as well as the longlists for the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature and the 2016 International Dylan Thomas Prize.