My Father’s Fable

Written by Faith Omole
A Bush Theatre Production
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15 Jul to 27 Jul
World Premiere

Faith Omole’s ★★★★ debut play is “a slick delve into identity and complicated family relationships” (The Guardian) that is not to be missed.


“Shall we have a real conversation? I am ready to stop pretending if you are.”

Peace didn’t know what she needed when her father died. Then she found Bolu, her half-brother from Nigeria she didn’t know existed. Despite her mother’s concerns and encouraged by her partner, Peace invites Bolu to England. Filled with grief and a thousand questions, his arrival feels like something clicking into place.

But questions about this stranger’s intentions and his mysterious past hang heavy in the air. Desperate to keep her fractured family – and herself – together, Peace must face the fact that the answers she desperately seeks might just lead to everything falling apart.

My Father’s Fable is a gripping story of grief, belonging, and a family on the edge from Alfred Fagon Award winner Faith Omole with a cast including BAFTA-winner Rakie Ayola.

★★★★ ‘A striking debut from Faith Omole’ The Rendition
★★★★ ‘will have you wincing, laughing and gasping out loud in equal measure’ WhatsOnStage
★★★★ ‘Refreshingly wholesome’ The Stage

This production is generously supported by Charles Holloway.

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My Father’s Fable Self-Care Guide and Content Warnings

Times & Prices

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Dates

15 July - 27 JulyFrom £15

  • Senior Citizen: From £27.50
  • Student / Under 30: From £25
  • Unemployed/Unwaged: From £15
  • Access: From £15
  • Standard: From £15
  • Personal Assistant (Access Companion): From £15

Wednesday Matinees

17, 24 JulyFrom £15

  • Senior Citizen: From £32.50
  • Student / Under 30: From £30
  • Unemployed/Unwaged: From £15
  • Access: From £15
  • Standard: From £15
  • Personal Assistant (Access Companion): From £15

Saturday Matinees

20, 27 JulyFrom £15

  • Senior Citizen: From £27.50
  • Student / Under 30: From £25
  • Unemployed/Unwaged: From £15
  • Access: From £15
  • Standard: From £15
  • Personal Assistant (Access Companion): From £15
Running time approx 2 hours 15 minutes

Performed in

HOLLOWAY THEATRE (Bush Theatre's main space)

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Age Guidance

14+

Content Warnings

See the Self-Care Guide and Content Warnings for more information.

Access details

Relaxed Performances

Saturday 29th June at 2:30pm & Thursday 18th July at 7:30pm

Captioned Performances

Thursday 4th July at 7:30pm & Saturday 20th July at 2:30pm

Audio Described Performances

Saturday 6th July at 2:30pm & Thursday 11th July at 7:30pm

Touch Tours

Saturday 6th July at 1:30pm & Thursday 11th July at 6:30pm


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Cast

Theo Ogundipe
Theo Ogundipe is an actor and musician born in Nigeria, raised in the United Kingdom, and trained at the BRIT School and Mountview. Theatre credits include: Cymbeline, Troilus & Cressida, King Lear, Hamlet and A Midsummer Night's Dream (RSC); Julius Caeser (West End); Coriolanus, Desire Under The Elms (Sheffield Crucible); The Girl On the Train (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Old Vic); Twelfth Night (Orange Tree); Macbeth (Royal Exchange). Previous television credits include: Top Boy, The Dark Crystal (Netflix); Playing Nice (ITV); Age of Resistance, Wait for Me, Eastenders and Doctors (BBC). Film credits include: Wait For Me; Love Without Walls. As a musician, Theo’s music is an eclectic fusion of several genres including soul, hip-hop, indie and RnB. Theo collaborated alongside artist Brain Rays on several of his releases, which gained support from BBC Radio Introducing in the South West in 2021.
Tiwa Lade
Tiwa Lade is a British-born Nigerian actress and writer. She attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York as well as the National Youth Theatre REP company in London. Her most recent credits include Hard Truths directed by Mike Leigh due for release this year, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny and Tell Me Everything for ITVX.
Rakie Ayola
Rakie Ayola is a producer and actress who grew up in the Ely district of Cardiff. She is recipient of BAFTA Best Supporting Actress Award, a BAFTA Cymru Best Actress Award and the BAFTA Cymru Sian Phillips Award and the Black British Theatre Best Female Actor in a Play Award. Her work includes: Mom, How Did You Meet The Beatles (Chichester); The Glow (Royal Court); On Bear Ridge (Royal Court and National Theatre of Wales); Strange Fruit (Bush); The Half God Of Rainfall (Kiln); Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (West End). TV and Film includes includes: Kaos, Been So Long (both Netflix); Anthony, The Pact, Noughts & Crosses, Shetland (all BBC); Grace (ITV); Alex Rider (Amazon); Brexit (Channel 4). Rakie is co-founder of Shanty Productions with her husband Adam Smethurst. She is Executive Producer on short films Hedgehog and Safe Space, feature films Diamond Sky and Twelfth Night, and BBC TV series The Pact (S2). Rakie is a Trustee of the Actor’s Children’s Trust and a Patron of the Childhood Tumour Trust.
Gabriel Akuwudike
Gabriel Akuwudike trained at Drama Centre in London. His work in theatre includes: Hamnet (RSC); King Lear (Globe); Blackmail (Mercury); Either (Hampstead); Time is Love (Finborough); Dealing with Clair (Orange Tree); A Gym Thing (Small Things); No One is an Island (Tangle). His work in television includes: Screw series 2 (STV Productions/Channel 4); The Doll Factory (Buccaneer Media/Paramount+), Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (Amazon); Hana series 3 (NBC Universal / Amazon); Ridley Road (Red Productions); War of the Worlds series 2 (Urban Myth Films); Cursed (Netflix); Game of Thrones (HBO); Berlin Station season 3 (Epix); Brexit: The Uncivil War (House Productions / Channel 4); The Bisexual (Hulu / Channel 4); The Informer (Neal Street Productions). His work in film includes: The Beautiful Game (Netflix) and 1917 (Neal Street / Amblin).

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