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The Pied Piper of Chibok Opera - Composed by Juwon Ogungbe, Libretto by Olusola Oyeleye

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The Pied Piper of Chibok

A brand new opera which retells the real-life story of the Chibok girls through the classic tale of the Pied Piper of Hamelin.

On the night of 15 April 2014, 276 female students were kidnapped from the Government secondary school in the town of Chibok in Bornu state, Nigeria. Responsibility for the kidnapping was claimed by Boko Haram, an extremist, Islamic, terrorist organisation based in north-eastern Nigeria. 

The Pied Piper of Chibok is a brand new opera which retells the real-life story of the Chibok girls through the classic tale of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. The music and some parts of the libretto are derived directly from and will include some of the interviews with the victims who managed to escape, and Nigerian Government officials who were in power at the time.


The Pied Piper of Chibok | PRODUCTION GALLERY


The Pied Piper of Chibok | PRODUCTION


CAST & CREATIVE

Singers:

Callum Blackmore, Katie Walker, Liz Ball, Heather Watson`, Eleanor Watts, Callum Speed, Grace Watkins, Sheila Freeman, Beulah Byron, Leon Waksberg, Kanye Shazad, Terri Shaltiel, Maggie Caudwell, Jacqueline Kennedy.

Harvey Rose as Dancer 1 ,  Zenaida Shabba as Dancer 2.


About the Writer

Olusola Oyeleye is a writer, director and performer. Her theatre work in drama, opera and dance includes productions for Theatre Royal, Stratford East, English National Opera, Adzido Pan-African Dance Ensemble and the Royal National Theatre Studio.  She is the Artistic director of Ariya, Britain’s first opera company dedicated to creating performance opportunities for black classically trained performers and composers. Her production of Dido and Aeneas for the Purcell Tercentenial Celebrations was highly acclaimed for its innovative use of Baroque and West African classical instruments. She has worked internationally in Hungary, Czech Republic, Ghana, South Africa and USA where she directed the premieres of the opera Chaka and the music-drama Orunmila’s Voices by the renowned Nigerian composer Akin Euba.

Her poetry has been set to music by Akin Euba and performed at both Harvard and Cambridge Universities


About Juwon Ogungbe

Juwon Ogungbe is an inspiring and well-respected musician, singer, composer and bandleader from London, of Nigerian heritage.

Placing African music at the heart of his work, Juwon also incorporates pop, jazz and classical music into his expressive range.

Juwon’s concert and musical theatre compositions consistently attract interest from theatre and dance practitioners. Commissions include music for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Union Dance, the BBC, LIFT and the Southbank Centre amongst many others

website: www.afrocentriccreatives.com


Immediate future plans

The creative team are planning to develop the performance further with an aim to performing at Arcola Theatre for their Grimeborn Festival, 13-18 August 2018. 

We are looking for private investors and partners to support the continued development of the project into a production. To offer support towards the development of the project. please email info@utopiatheatre.co.uk