Lanaire Aderemi is a poet, playwright and performer and a second year sociology student at Warwick. Her work is centred on Nigerian feminist history, the politics of memory as well as resistance. In March of this year, she wrote, produced and directed her first play ‘you did not break us’ centred on Nigerian feminist activism which was seen by over 300 people in the UK. Featured on the BBC, Coventry Telegraph and student radio condemning institutional racism and sexism in universities. She has also performed my poetry in various parts of the world such as music festivals in Lagos, Nigeria , the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and universities such as Warwick university and Kings College London.

Image via Eniafe Momodu.

Now, Lanaire invites us to her one woman play of poetry, music and art , ‘ an evening with verse writer ‘ which will feature some of her work from my poetry anthology ‘of ivory and ink’ as well as other poems she performed in recent years. The production will be shown in the Actors Centre, London on the 10th and 11th of December at 8pm on both dates and following the production, there will be a panel discussion that will feature artists, theatre makers and writers.

Lanaire Adeyemi captured by Eniafe Momodu

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 




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Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. It is also advisable to arrive at least 15 minutes before the performance begins. Entry is not guaranteed once the performance has begun. The Actors Centre reserves the right to refuse entry.

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