“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.” COAT is the honest and emotional story of Junior. Born in Nigeria, he leaves at the age of 9 and heads to London, leaving behind a life that he loved and was settled in.
During the performance, we meet Junior at various points in his life, trying to find his way whilst treading the line between what he knows as a Nigerian and what he is learning in Britain, each experience with its own life lesson. This hit show from writer and performer Yomi Sode tackles immigration, identity and displacement. The story of how the mistakes of an elder generation can impact on the younger one today, COAT will move you to tears of both sadness and laughter.
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. And is coming to Birmingham for the first time Programmed as Part of Bham Lit Fest.
His writing has been published in Rialto Magazine, Bare lit and 10: Poets of the New Generation.
Age guidance: 14+ Written and performed by Yomi Sode Directed by Thierry Lawson Supported by Arts Council England Commissioned by Apples and Snakes