Tristan Bates Theatre

an evening with verse writer

an evening with verse writer 

by Lanaire Aderemi

10th & 11th December 




Part of the John Thaw Initiative 

Curated by Blacktress UK 



a one-woman play of poetry and music

a one-woman play of poetry and music: the conceptual background of my work is inspired by audre lorde's line 'your silence will not protect you'

each poem flows into the other reminding the audience that there are rarely breaks in sites of resistance

i start with introspective pieces which document my random thoughts and are inspired by artists, writers and photographers and then i progress to pieces on loss, childhood and my experience in lagos,nigeria.

to comment on themes such as child marriage, fgm and gender based violences, i involve the audience in an excerpt of a play i wrote and then involve them in another performance which highlights the effects of neocolonialism in African countries- a piece inspired by Kwame Nkrumah's essay,' neo-colonialism: the last stage of imperialism' to punctuate my own articulations of resistance,

i use instruments such as a saxophone, piano and shekere(a nigerian percussion instrument) and give these instruments their own agency allowing them to express their own sounds of resistance the audience will see a great use of space and slow but graceful movements.

they will enter their own creative spaces as they gaze at my own creative space portrayed through a table, chair,collection of books and spontaneous theatrical moments. they will unlearn and learn and remember to resist.

 - Lanaire Aderemi 


Blacktress season photoshoot by Gabriel Mokake Photography 

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Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the performance begins. We cannot guarantee entry to the performance once it has begun. The Actors Centre reserves the right to refuse entry. 


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