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'My Father's Fable' weaves together the complexities of adulthood

In 'My Father's Fable,' Faith Omole presents a very moving exploration of identity, grief and self-discovery. The story centers on Peace, played by Tiwa Lade, a young professional navigating adulthood with ease until her father's death unravels hidden aspects of his life. This revelation forces Peace to confront her own identity and desires, raising questions that many prefer to avoid.

Omole masterfully weaves themes of grief, family secrets, and the complexities of adulthood into a narrative that resonates deeply with the audience. The play delves into experiences familiar to many children of the diaspora, such as not being taught their native language at home, only to face shame for it later in life. This intersectionality of conversations makes 'My Father's Fable' a thought-provoking watch, especially for those who have lived it themselves.

Four people in a kitchen setting are talk to one another, one is sat on a sat in the foreground whist the other three are in the background sat around a table and on chairs.

While the entire cast delivers moving performances, Theo Ogundipe stands out with his emotional range and versatility throughout the 2 hour and 15-minute production. His portrayal of being ‘the other child’ adds depth to the story, making it even more impactful. The dynamic between siblings Peace and Bolu highlights the diverse Nigerian experience, illustrating that shared roots do not make for a monolithic identity.

As a Yoruba person, the play's cultural references felt so comfortable and familiar. Hearing phrases from my upbringing on stage was a nostalgic experience, enhancing the authenticity of the narrative and the writing itself. The line, “You’re a better African than others if you manage to leave Africa,” captures a sentiment that motivates many in the diaspora, adding another layer of relatability.

two men together in a kitchen setting, one is smiling whilst the other looks shocked
Gabriel Akuwudike as Roy and Theo Ogundipe as Bolu | Photo by Manuel Harlan

'My Father's Fable' starts off as a slow burner, initially making it hard to predict where the story would lead. However, once the narrative picks up, it becomes a hilarious, insightful, and entertaining journey. The unexpected plot twist in the second half keeps the audience on their toes, adding an element of surprise to the play.

Although Peace's self-deprecating nature can be challenging to cheer for; her struggles evoke empathy. The experience of being Black in Britain, often underestimated by family back home, is poignantly portrayed, making Peace’s journey all the more relatable and moving.

'My Father's Fable' is showing at Bush Theatre until 27th July. Book Here.


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