“I don’t know my grandparents names, how embarrassing is that. But I can name all of Kanye’s albums.”
Picture this: Nigeria. A grandmother passes. London, a son cooks a pot of stew for his mother hoping to uncover hidden stories and unanswered questions.
“Home is no stranger, you are an African man and you have responsibilities as the eldest grandchild.”
Yomi Sode’s previously sold out show tackles immigration, identity and displacement. COAT is a humorous and moving response to the mistakes made by elders that leave the next generation uncertain of what is expected of them.
Written and performed by Yomi Sode
Directed by Thierry Lawson
Text Direction by Carl Ford
Movement by John Berkavitch and Sia Gbamoi Produced by Natalie Fiawoo
Commission by Apples and Snakes
With support by Arts Council England, Roundhouse, Southbank Centre and Black Cultural Archives
Yomi Sode is a Nigerian British writer, performer and facilitator. Shortlisted for a Jerwood Compton 2017 Poetry Fellowship, his show Coat has been programmed at the Southbank Centre and Roundhouse to sold-out audiences.
His writing has been published in Rialto Magazine, Bare lit and 10: Poets of the New Generation.
Running Time: 61 mins, no interval
Age Recommendation: 14+ (some strong language and themes and sexual references)