Pandora's Box

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Oberon Books, Jun 26, 2012 - Drama - 88 pages

On holiday with her streetwise son in Lagos, a British-Nigerian mother is in turmoil. Should she leave her only child in a strict Lagos boarding school, or return him to the battlefields of inner London? A family spanning three generations and two continents meet in Lagos for the first time in over thirty years. But the joy of reunion unleashes long-suppressed truths.

‘A funny and poignant play. All parents agonise about educational choices for their children. For Black and Diaspora parents, race and culture make the decision-making even more complex.’ – Diane Abbott MP

‘Honest, simple and enthralling... What makes this play incredible, is not only the humour that runs throughout, but the real life portrayal of relationships... absolutely brilliant’ – Public Reviews

‘It’s firecracker theatre that, in places, is as touching as is it hilarious.’ –The Stage


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Ade Solanke is currently Writer-in-Residence at Goldsmiths College Pinter Centre. Her company, Spora Stories, makes original contemporary drama about the 'Afrospora' (African diaspora) experience. She won Best Playwright at the 2011 Afro-Hollywood Film Awards for Pandora's Box. Ade trained and worked in Hollywood as a Story Analyst and has an MFA in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California where she was a Fulbright Scholar and Phi Beta Kappa International Scholar. Her plays have been performed in leading festivals of new writing at the Young Vic and the Almeida Theatre. She is a member of Soho Theatre Writers' Hub. She teaches dramatic writing at various colleges, including Goldsmiths. She also develops and delivers drama courses at the Royal Court Theatre, Soho Theatre and others and runs writing courses internationally with the British Council in Nigeria and Ghana.

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