“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 balances the line between Nigerian and British cultures, which can be humorous, loving, self-reflective and, at times, uncomfortable.
Over the past nine years, he’s had work commissioned by The Mayor’s Office, BBC World Service/Africa, Channel 4, charities and for the UN Humanitarian Summit.
*Fees are £1.95 per transaction
Age restrictions: Suitable for ages 14+
Latecomers will be admitted at a suitable break in the performance.
Running time: approx. 1 hour
Text direction: Carl Ford
Movement: John Berkavitch and Sia Gbamoi
Produced by Apples and Snakes and Natalie Fiawoo
Commissioned by Apples and Snakes.
With support from Roundhouse, Southbank Centre, and Black Cultural Archives.
Originally developed as part of RE:Play alongside Lemn Sissay and Polarbear
Additional script development: Rob Young.