“I don’t know my grandparents’ names, how embarrassing is that? But I can name all of Kanye’s albums.”

Picture this: Nigeria. A grandmother passes. London, a son cooks a pot of stew for his mother hoping to uncover hidden stories and unanswered questions.

“Home is no stranger, you are an African man and you have responsibilities as the eldest grandchild.”

Tackling immigration, identity and displacement, Coat is a humorous and moving response to the mistakes made by elders that leave the next generation uncertain of what is expected of them.

Yomi Sode’s sell-out show returns to the Roundhouse. The performance on Monday 2 October will be a followed by a 30 minute Q&A with Yomi.

COAT was produced by Apples and Snakes and Natalie Fiawoo and commissioned by Apples and Snakes, with support from Roundhouse, Southbank Centre, and Black Cultural Archives. COAT was originally developed as part of RE:Play alongside Lemn Sissay and Polarbear. Directed by Thierry Lawson Text direction Carl Ford, Movement John Berkavitch and Sia Gbamoi, Additional script development Rob Young.

Where I’m from, hardly anyone is exposed to the arts. There’s a load of talent but no guidance. Roundhouse changed my life.

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