It is fast-paced, the narrative rich with detail, the characters beautifully drawn
The Fishermen is based on the novel by Chigozie Obioma which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2015 and adapted by Gbolahan Obisesan.
It's is an expansive story - and chunky book - populated by many characters in the lives of the brothers but here it is condensed to a 70-minute play with just two actors.
The play tells the story through the eyes of younger brothers Obembe (Valentine Olukoga) and Ben (Michael Ajao) who meet years later and look back at that fateful night which led to a series of events that tore the family apart.
It is fast-paced, the narrative rich with detail, the characters beautifully drawn in the performances of Olukoga and Ajao who play at least eight different people between them.
It is story laced with superstition and suspicion, with guilt, loss of innocence, where brotherly bonds prove to be both a support and a downfall. Tragedy and redemption become painfully linked.
The Fishermen is a breathtaking, moving and gripping piece of theatre superbly executed.
It is at Assembly George Square, 13.20 until August 27. After the Edinburgh Fringe it is touring, for details and dates head over to New Perspectives website.
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