“It was a great honour to be the first winner of the Award."
Roy Williams, winner 1997 and 2010
Supported by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation
Pandora’s Box by Ade Solanke

Pandora’s Box by Ade Solanke

“You think England is hard? Compared to Nigeria? My dear, you haven’t seen anything yet!”

Summer break is ending. On holiday with her streetwise son in Nigeria, 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?

“What do you see out of that window? People, right? Just people. Because there are no ‘Black’ people in Africa. Let him experience that for a change.”

A family spanning three generations and two continents meets in Lagos for the first time in over thirty years. But the joy of reunion also unleashes long-suppressed truths. An exuberant and thought-provoking mix of comedy, tragedy and family drama, Pandora’s Box reveals the heartbreak behind the difficult choices some parents must make – and the price their children pay.

Cast and creatives
Writer and producer Ade Solanke
Director Shade Oladiti
Assistant Director Madeleine Kludjo
Production Manager David Duchin

Ben Onwukwe
Tomi Ogunjobi
Damson Idris
Anyebe Godwin
Ed Kagutuzi
Chinwe Nkwolo
Esther Uche
Yetunde Oduwole

Six week national tour  Sept/Oct 2014 Sheffield Crucible, Bradford Alhambra, Lowry, Blackie, Newcastle Arts Centre, Seven Arts Leeds, Hub Southampton, Drum,  Arcola, CLF Cafe, Broadway Barking, Catford Broadway, Carnival Arts Luton, Bernie Grant Arts Centre.

Pandora’s Box, premiered at Arcola in 2012 and returned as part of a national tour in 2014. It was nominated for Best New Play in OffWestEnd Theatre Awards and for the 2014 Nigeria Prize for Literature. 



‘Honest, simple and enthralling…absolutely brilliant’
– The Public Reviews

‘Solanke’s writing is nothing short of magnificent, skilfully expounding the different perspective of the Diaspora with sensitivity and humour’
– Afridiziak Theatre News

‘Pandora’s Box buzzes with life and the tensions of real people’
– The Guardian

‘Ade Solanke’s new play is firecracker theatre … touching … hilarious’
– The Stage

‘Solanke’s script stealthily and dutifully discusses current and historical issues and perspectives in a forum and with an honesty which, quite frankly, is unrivalled in any of the debating halls, parliamentary chambers, conferences, seminars and workshops I have attended thus far in my life.’
Afropean Arts