Anwu is turning 60. Against her wishes her daughters, Nike and Tolu are preparing a party. Their older brother, Chi, is nowhere to be seen and Dad is in Nigeria building the family home that never seems to finish. In the midst of the chaos Anwu struggles to hold her family together, and hold onto herself in the process.
UMUADA (meaning first born daughters in Igbo) is a new play written and directed by Justina Kehinde, and based on the short play by Justina Kehinde and Yosola Olorunshola. A witty yet poignant exploration of the nuances of mental health, migration and motherhood in the urban African diaspora UMUADA first premiered at the Bunker Theatre in November 2017 as part of Damsel Productions Women-Directors festival. It has recently been transferred for an extended headline run at the King’s Head Theatre as part of the Play Mill 2018 festival, 10-14th July.