“I don’t know my grandparents names, how embarrassing is that. But I can name all of Kanye’s albums”
Picture this: Nigeria. A grandmother passes. London, a son cooks a pot of stew for his mother hoping to uncover hidden stories and unanswered questions.
“Home is no stranger, you are an African man and you have responsibilities as the eldest grandchild”
COAT is the honest and emotional story of Junior, born in Nigeria he leaves at the age of 9 and heads to London leaving behind a life that he loved and was settled in, written by Yomi Sode.
Yomi Sode’s sell-out show tackles immigration, identity and displacement. COAT is a humorous and moving response to the mistakes made by elders that leave the next generation uncertain of what is expected of them.
Yomi is a Nigerian British writer, performer and facilitator.
Shortlisted for a Jerwood Compton 2017 Poetry Fellowship, his show Coat has been programmed at the Southbank Centre and Roundhouse to sold-out audiences. His writing has been published in Rialto Magazine, Bare lit and 10: Poets of the New Generation.
“Like Kate Tempest and Inua Ellams, the Nigerian-born performer is breaking new ground with Coat, his tale of two cultures, told while he cooks up a stew on stage. ” — The Guardian
“COAT belongs to a growing body of work that is reasserting the dramatic power of the written word…Sode is animated by a gentleness, a sweetly self-deprecating humour that itself offers a radical challenge to conventional ideas of masculinity.” — Claire Armistead, The Guardian
“Yomi Sode [is] among the poets whose work [brings] tears to my eyes.”— Christina Patterson, The Guardian
Age Recommendation: 14+
Running Time: 60 minutes
Warnings: This show contains some strong language and themes and sexual references.
Support by Arts Council England
Written and performed by Yomi Sode
Directed by Thierry Lawson
Text Direction by Carl Ford
Movement by John Berkavitch and Sia Gbamoi
Produced by Natalie Fiawoo
Commission by Apples and Snakes
With support by Arts Council England Roundhouse, Southbank Centre and Black Cultural Archives
Originally developed as part of RE:Play alongside Lemn Sissay and Polarbear
Additional script development: Rob Young
Yomi Sode is a Nigerian British writer, performer, facilitator and Complete Works Alumni. Shortlisted for the Jerwood Compton 2017 Poetry Fellowship, he has read poems at Lagos International Poetry Festival, Afrika Fest with Speaking Volumes in Finland and at the New York Public Library with the British Council.
His writing has been published in Rialto Magazine, Bare lit Anthology, 10: Poets of the New Generation Anthology, Tales of Two Londons Anthology and the upcoming Safe: On Black British Men Reclaiming Space
COAT, Yomi’s first one man show, has toured nationally to sold-out audiences and he is currently working is his first poetry collection.
In 2014, with a place on Nimble Fish’s RE: Play programme, he began developing his debut, one-man show and in 2017 all 4 performances of COAT at Roundhouse sold out within 24 hours. First presented as part of Last Word Festival, COAT was programmed again in October 2017; due to popular demand a 2nd date was added and sold out within 6 hours.
This show is billed under Lyrici Arts as part of Paint The Town Festival in conjunction with Battersea Arts Centre and The Collaborative Touring Network.