The Fishermen

Based on the novel by Chigozie Obioma, adapted by Gbolahan Obisesan
Plays and Drama
Wednesday 12 September 2018 - Thursday 13 September 2018
Average: 4 (1 vote)
"A production with a spark of something very special”
The Guardian
Average: 4 (1 vote)
"Quite the catch”

In a small Nigerian town, Ben and Obembe, along with their two older brothers, slip away to fish at a forbidden river.  Unnoticed and carefree, they continue until one day they meet a local madman, who utters a terrifying prophecy that one will kill the other. At that moment their destinies change forever. This chance encounter unleashes a spiral of fear which leads to a tragic chain of events of mythic proportions.

Based on the Man Booker shortlisted novel by Chigozie Obioma, one of Africa's major new voices, New Perspectives presents this powerful allegory of brotherhood, vengeance and fate in a new adaptation by award-winning playwright Gbolahan Obisesan

Recommended as a show you won’t want to miss in 2018 by the BBC, one of 10 shows to catch before they get to the Edinburgh Fringe by What’s On Stage, and one of 50 shows to see at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe by The Guardian (or after here at Derby Theatre).

Post-Show Discussion: Wednesday 12 September

Running time 80 mins approx (no interval)
Age Guidance: 12+
This show contains flashing lights, peanuts onstage and scenes of a violent nature

The Fishermen at Derby Theatre


“Jack McNamara’s strong direction [delivers] moments of brilliance… The Fishermen is a production with a spark of something very special”
The Guardian ★★★★

“Gbolahan Obisesan’s adaptation not only stays true to its style, its storytelling simple but succulent, but teases out its core truth with a smart use of form… Jack McNamara’s physical production makes its dramatic flashpoints ping… By the time it reaches the Edinburgh Fringe [The Fishermen] will be quite the catch.”
What’s On Stage 

“The Fishermen makes a devastating transition from page to stage… Anyone who doubts that novels can be successfully adapted to the stage should rush to catch The Fishermen at HOME. So too should anyone who just wants to see a stunningly good play.” ★★★★½
Manchester Theatre Awards

The Fishermen at Derby Theatre

About the Author

Chigozie Obioma is the author of The Fishermen, which was a finalist for the Man Booker prize 2015, and a winner of four other awards. He is a professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and in Nigeria where where he runs various projects. His second novel, An Orchestra of Minorities will be published in January 2019.

Read Chigozie's feature on life in present-day Nigeria in The Guardian

When Jack Met Chigozie

Watch the Facebook Live Q&A between New Perspectives artistic director Jack McNamara and author of The Fishermen Chigozie Obioma.

The Fishermen at Derby Theatre