Thursday, February 27, 2014


Palm Wine & Stout, by Segun Lee-French, is back on tour throughout the East of England from March 6th until May 24th 2014.

I saw it first time out, and now it has a new cast, and is to visit new venues.

East Anglia’s regional touring theatre company Eastern Angles are back on the road this Spring with their latest show, Palm Wine & Stout. Written by acclaimed poet and playwright Segun Lee-French, this funny and emotional play is based on the writer’s visit back to a small Nigerian village in search of his father. The story, which focuses on Taiye, a young British man on a quest to find out more about his African heritage, draws some fascinating parallels with English village life. Along the way Taiye experiences both the vibrant bustle of modern Nigerian city life and the mysterious rituals of rural African villagers. With half-brother, Femi, as his guide, Taiye’s journey becomes a challenging culture clash incorporating music, dance and host of spiritual ancestors.

Directed by Eastern Angles’ founder and Artistic Director, Ivan Cutting, the play will visit fifty East Anglian venues during March, April and May including the Sir John Mills Theatre in Ipswich and Woodbridge Community Hall. Ivan Cutting said; “This is a fantastic play. We took the show out in 2010 when it got some great feedback from critics and audiences so now we want more people to experience this heart-warming piece of theatre. It’s got some really great atmospheric music, some very funny moments and will certainly strike a chord with anyone familiar with the day-to-day eccentricities and petty politics of village life!”

This production fairly sizzled with energy and ideas”

East Anglian Daily Times

A tale of pride and tenderness, money and mourning that is
warm, sharp, funny and refreshingly challenging”

The Stage

Black British theatre has found an appealingly quirky
voice in Segun Lee-French”
Daily Telegraph

Palm Wine & Stout is sponsored by Ipswich Building Society & Greater Anglia
Box Office: 01473 211498

rehearsal photograph by Mike Kwasniak

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