Photograph © Phil Thompson
Anna is a child who lives in “Amazing Africa” with her extended family, and she is so happy that she does not know what to do with her feelings. She sets off to ask her grandparents, aunties, cousins, uncle, and father who each give her advice on how to express herself. Finally, her mother helps her to channel her feelings, and sitting in her mango tree Anna finds her own way through song.
Following the work in nurseries, two weeks of further exploration took place at the Unicorn Theatre in London, developing a playful and participatory performance style to bring the story’s rich characters and vibrant settings to life.
The show will be for 3–6 year-olds; the ambition being to create the full production and a subsequent national tour in 2022, that will include theatres and community spaces.
Sheffield-based Utopia Theatre is led by Artistic Director Mojisola Elufowoju. The company brings together African and Western performing traditions to celebrate the meeting of different cultures. It is dedicated to demonstrating the rich cultural heritage of Africa’s stories, dispelling stereotypes, and encouraging authentic voices.