Cast announced for House Of Ife at Bush Theatre

Casting has been announced for House Of Ife at Bush Theatre

Written by Beru Tessema and directed by Lynette Linton, the production opens on 29 April 2022 and runs until 11 June 2022.

The cast is Jude Akuwudike, Yohanna Ephrem, Sarah Priddy, Karla-Simone Spence and Michael Workeye.

Making up the full creative team are set and costume designer Frankie Bradshaw, lighting designer Jai Morjaria, sound designer and composer Duramaney Kamara, assistant director Monaé Robinson, movement director Kane Husbands, fight director Kate Waters, costume supervisor Malena Arcucci, vocal and dialect coach Joel Trill, dramaturg Deirdre O’Halloran, casting director Heather Basten CDG and casting assistant Fran Cattaneo.

‘See that’s the problem with this family innit, we never wanna talk real about Ife.’

In the wake of the sudden death of their eldest son, Ife, one family is forced to confront the traumas they’ve long tried to bury. As the sun beats down on their North London flat, and the head of the family arrives from Ethiopia for the funeral, tensions rise, cultures clash, and past betrayals are unearthed.

Director Lynette Linton said: “House of Ife is exactly how I want to kick off the Bush Theatre’s 50th year. A Bush commission, a family story reflecting a community we so rarely see on stage, and a gripping tale of how those with different thinking, even in one family live alongside another.

“Beru’s exploration of the impact of being first-generation Ethiopian immigrants to the UK and how that can affect your sense of belonging is key to the lives of many of our audience and I can’t wait to see how the all-too-common clash of religion and culture manifests itself on stage.”

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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