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The Fishermen

The Fishermen

By Chigozie Obioma
Adapted by Gbolahan Obisesan
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781848427976, 96 pages, August 2018


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 keep coming back until one day a madman's prophecy changes the course of their lives forever.

Adapted by Gbolahan Obisesan from the Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novel by Chigozie Obioma, The Fishermen is a powerful allegory of brotherhood, vengeance and fate. It was first seen at HOME, Manchester, in 2018, before a tour of the UK including the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, in a co-production between New Perspectives and HOME.


"Gbolahan Obisesan has skilfully distilled this tragic story… [has] near-mythic qualities, exploring the bonds of family and the individual’s ability to defy fate."


"Chigozie Obioma's novel [is brought] to vivid, unforgettable life."

- The Skinny

"Beautiful and memorable... something very special."

- Guardian

"A supreme piece of theatre… what comes across most powerfully is the bleed between imagination and memory, as re-enactment can turn into trauma, and play can stop being play."

- The Stage