BY ESE DIBEBI
TV girl, Marcy Dolapo Oni is set to feature in a UK stage adaptation of The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives.
The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives, a captivating novel written by Lola Shoneyin is a stirring tale of men and women, mothers and children, servitude and independence. It depicts the common threads that connect the experiences of all women: the hardships they bear, their fierce desire to protect those they love, and their struggle to define themselves.
Baba Segi is a prosperous middle-aged man of robust appetites, the patriarch of a large household that includes a trio of wives and seven children. In Baba Segi’s patriarchal home, everything is going well until he decides to add a fourth wife, Bolanle: a young, quiet and college-educated woman among a set of semi-illiterates (Iya Segi, Iya Tope and Iya Femi). Jealous and resentful of this “intruder” who is stealing their husband’s attention, the three other wives begin to plan her downfall.
What secret does she harbour, and are there more shocking truths on the brink of exposure?
This scandalous new play featuring original contemporary live Yoruba music, songs and dance, is performed by an all star, multi-talented ensemble.
The stage adaptation is by Caine Prize award-winner Rotimi Babatunde, original music & lyrics composed by Oyebade Dosunmu and original choreography by Uche Onah.
Production is conceived and directed by Femi Elufowoju Jr.
The workshop sharings are on Friday, December 18 (4pm Industry invite-only) & Saturday. December 19 (7.30pm) at Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, London E15 1BN and will be presented to an industry and paying audience respectively. Both events will be followed by post-performance discussions.