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Dipo Baruwa-Etti

When a passionate activist, Wunmi, is invited into a middle-class Black family’s home, a fire is lit.

The family members have always seen themselves as pillars of society: they are charity workers, therapists and politicians. But as they begin to realise what Wunmi really represents, their certainty begins to crumble, the tension rises and a suffocating ash starts to fill the air.

Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571379996
Date Published
08.09.2022
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Summary

I’ve given up on fighting for change.
That’s a strange, imperfect illusion
that allowed confusion to reign in my life.
I took a knife to its neck and sliced it open.

When a passionate activist, Wunmi, is invited into a middle-class Black family’s home, a fire is lit.

The family members have always seen themselves as pillars of society: they are charity workers, therapists and politicians. But as they begin to realise what Wunmi really represents, their certainty begins to crumble, the tension rises and a suffocating ash starts to fill the air.

Full of forensic fury and incandescent poetry, Dipo Baruwa-Etti’s fiercely political new play opened at the Almeida Theatre, London, in September 2022.

Critic Reviews

I’m very glad I saw it . . . Baruwa-Etti is terrific at rambunctious family scenes . . . Wit and energy.

Daily Telegraph
Critic Reviews

Glittering invention . . . from the richly entertaining snipe and swipe of family dispute to the almost Jordan Peele-ish blend of satire and the uncanny. Fierce, funny and fascinating.

Sam Marlowe, The Stage
Critic Reviews

I love the writing of Dipo Baruwa-Etti. It whips and zips across the stage, full of life and thought. The power of [the] writing never falters . . . utterly transfixing . . . as nerve-racking as a thriller.

What's On Stage
Critic Reviews

Wild, witty and shocking . . . Tart comedy and incandescent social commentary are disrupted by flashes of magical realism.

The Stage
Critic Reviews

Intense and powerful storytelling . . . phenomenally well written. Baruwa-Etti isn’t just a young writer to watch in the future, he’s one to watch right now.

The Upcoming
DipoBaruwa-Etti

Dipo Baruwa-Etti is a playwright, poet and filmmaker. In 2020, he was shortlisted for the George Devine Award and was the Channel 4 playwright on attachment at the Almeida Theatre. Plays include The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars (Theatre Royal Stratford East), which was shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon Award for Best New Play, An unfinished man (The Yard…

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