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Shadows in Different Shades By Oladipo Agboluaje

  • Studio Theatre 55 Norfolk Street Sheffield, England, S1 1DA United Kingdom (map)


By Oladipo Agboluaje | From An Original Concept Inspired And Directed By Moji Kareem | Original Music And Lyrics Composed And Directed By Juwon Ogungbe

“If you could tell your mother a secret about yourself, what would it be?”

Shadows In Different Shades is a semi-autobiographical story of three generations of women on two continents. We follow their need to connect with each other across time and space as they confront the secrets of their past in order to find a place of healing in the present. The story, told through music, ritual, poetry, and movement, takes us on an intimate journey of these women’s lives, following their highs and lows, their triumphs and losses.

A story about what it is to be a daughter and a mother; a story of migration and shifting identity, a compelling and thought-provoking tale of dreams and broken promises, of hope, optimism and resilience in the face of harrowing circumstances.


Shadows in Different Shades is a highly-memorable production which pushes the boundaries of conventional theatre and storytelling.
— ★★★★
The music hits you too, but in a completely different way from either an opera or a musical.
— ★★★★ Forge Today
Kareem’s surreal yet captivating combination of words, movement, sound, and props allow Ionesco’s point to emerge
— ★★★★

SHADOWS IN DIFFERENT SHADES | Workshop Production Gallery


Show Credits

Moji Kareem

Composer and Musical Director
Juwon Ogungbe

Movement Directors
Andile Sotiya & Diane Alison-Mitchell

Set Designer
Emma Williams

Lighting Designer
Micheal Corcoran

Christella Litras


Grandmother - Agbeke
Mojisola Bamtefa

Mother - Omotola
Natalyia Roni

Daughter - Aramide
Rachael Oriowo

Later Event: 26 October
Spirit of Africa Festival