Baba Segi's Wives | Review

Credit | Idil Sukan

Credit | Idil Sukan

Credit | Idil Sukan

Credit | Idil Sukan

We all have secrets, some more explosive than others. The four wives of Baba Segi have their own, secrets so big that it can unravel the seams that hold their family together.

When new wife, university educated Bolanle joins Baba Segi's family, her presence causes a disturbance with two of his three wives. They will stop at nothing to get rid of her in order to keep their secret safe. 

If you have read the book, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi' s Wives written by Lola Shoneyin you may have trepidation that the stage adaption will not live up to expectations. But there's no need to worry. Enriched with culture and scenes that will make you blush, from the very first scene to the end you get to bask in the excellence of the cast. The well developed characters will take you in to the depths of their past with so much detail that you will feel like you are reading the novel.

Where the play outshines in the book is in humour, yes the book is funny but seeing the cast add their personalities to the production, you will leave with your cheeks hurting.  

-Chinnelle

The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives is showing at the Arcola Theatre in Dalston. 

 

Men are like yam, you cut them how you like
— Lola Shoneyin | The Secret of Baba Segi's Wives
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