House of Ife

by Beru Tessema
A Bush Theatre Production

‘See that’s the problem with this family innit, we never wanna talk real about Ife.’

In the wake of the sudden death of their eldest son, Ife, one family is forced to confront the traumas they’ve long tried to bury. As the sun beats down on their North London flat, and the head of the family arrives from Ethiopia for the funeral, tensions rise, cultures clash and past betrayals are unearthed.

A tense and captivating story of what it means to belong, and what happens when a family’s secrets shake its foundations. This explosive drama by Ethiopian-British writer Beru Tessema is a new Bush commission directed by Artistic Director, Lynette Linton. 

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"this tough, compassionate family drama sizzles with tension"
The Times
"It was powerful, honest and I can’t wait to read more of Tessema’s words"
North West End London
"Deft delivery from an exceptional cast is captivating... truly invigorating for the audience."
Liam O'Dell
"A genuinely superb moment of theatre"
The Reviews Hub
"Michael Workeye is simply outstanding in his role. Definitely an actor to watch"
London Theatre Reviews
"The first-time playwright treads in the footsteps of Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams and Eugene O'Neill"
The New European
"It’s beautiful and incredibly haunting"
Nuu Theatre
‘Funny, dynamic, and heartbreaking"
The Understudy
"House of Ife is a captivating and intense play that feels very current, but also neatly captures the many themes of family, loyalty and belonging that are everlasting."
Broadway World

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Jude Akuwudike
Jude plays the titular role in the feature film Eyimofe which premiered at Berlin film festival. Other film credits include Beasts Of No Nation (dir Cary Fukunaga), The Tempest, Touched By A Stranger, Sahara and A World Apart and the forthcoming Disney remake of The Little Mermaid. Jude’s television appearances include Gangs of London (Sky Atlantic), Fortitude (Amazon), In The Long Run (Sky One) and The Crown (Netflix) Other TV credits include Manhunt, Chewing Gum, Friday Night Dinner, Cucumber and the UK version of Law & Order. Having trained at RADA, Jude has performed in productions including Inua Ellams’ Three Sisters (National Theatre), The Convert (The Young Vic), Moon On A Rainbow Shawl (NT), The Faith Machine (Royal Court), Great Expectations (English Touring Theatre) and Othello (Glasgow Citizens). He most recently appeared at The Donmar in Henry V with Kit Harrington.
Michael Workeye
Since graduating from Arts Educational drama school, Michael’s television appearances have included Sitting in Limbo (BBC) and Big Age (Channel 4) and This is Going To Hurt (BBC).
Karla-Simone Spence
Karla-Simone has just filmed the titular role in ITV’s The Confessions of Frannie Langton and played the lead female in the Blue Story, Rapman’s feature film, in collaboration with Paramount and BBC Films. Prior to Blue Story, she appeared in Gold Digger (BBC1) and Wannabe (BBC3)
Yohanna Ephrem
Yohanna’s theatre appearances include Stacked and From The Ground Up (Almeida Youth Company), Homegrown and Skunk (National Youth Theatre), Scotsboro Boys Parallel Production (Young Vic) and Feather Boy (National Youth Studio). On television she has appeared in The Feed (Amazon Studios), The Rook (Starz/Lionsgate) and Damned (Channel 4). Her film appearances include Surge and Sweetness in the Belly.


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