9 Oct - 9 Nov 2014 For ages 8+

A Unicorn production

How Nigeria Became: A story, and a spear that didn't work

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  • Written and directed by Gbolahan Obisesan
  • Designed by Rajha Shakiry
  • Lighting designed by Azusa Ono
  • Sound designed by Donato Wharton
  • Movement and Choreography by Diane Alison-Mitchell
  • Animation by Benjamin Walden
  • Cast: Rita Balogun, Tunji Falana, Stephanie Levi-John, Rebecca Omogbehin, Christian Roe

Change it. Re-write it.

How Nigeria Became has been nominated for Best Production for Young People in the OffWestEnd Theatre Awards.

It's 1914, one hundred years ago exactly, and Nigeria is about to be formed. Herbert and his well-known troupe of female actors are preparing to stage a story for the British Governor and his wife. 

The story of the Spear of Shango is about a brave young woman who must use her strength and agility to save her father's kingdom. But there's a problem, the story doesn't quite fit with the governor's vision of a united country...

This colourful and quick-witted production offers a creative insight into Nigeria's beginnings in 1914.

Written and directed by British Nigerian playwright Gbolahan Obisesan, How Nigeria Became: A Story, and A Spear That Didn't Work commemorates the centenary of Nigeria as part of Black History Month at the Unicorn.

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Travel warning

If you're travelling to us on the weekend of 8/9 Nov, please be aware that the area will be very busy due to the Lord Mayor's Show and Remembrance Sunday. Please allow sufficient time for your journey. 


As part of the Unicorn’s celebration of Nigerian culture, we will also be exhibiting a selection of photographs in the Unicorn foyer from NIGERIA MONARCHS - The Custodians of Peace and Culture by George Osodi, about to start an international tour.

Gorgeous formal portraits of each king, in full regalia, are accompanied by brief biographies and historical notes on the tribe and the rituals and history associated with each ruler. NIGERIA MONARCHS introduces us to a way of life rarely glimpsed, with anthropological roots as deep as any on the earth, as they make the transition into a new millennium. 

Visit nigeriamonarchs.com to see some of the images.

For schools (suitable for years 4-8)

Basic ticket price
£10 per pupil (1 teacher FREE per 10 tickets booked).

Early Bird Offer
£7.50 per ticket if you book for two different shows before the end of July.

Multi-show offer
£8.50 per ticket if you book for 2 different shows from August onwards.

To book, please contact our Box Office team on 020 7645 0560 or fill out a Primary or Secondary booking form and return it to schools@unicorntheatre.com.

Teacher CPD, Fri 12 Sep 10am-4pm
Our free teacher training sessions offer inspiration and support for exploring our productions and using them as a stimlus across the curriculum, contact schools@unicorntheatre.com to book a place.

Download the Teacher Resource Pack
Our free, in-depth resource packs can be used in the classroom to deepen your pupils' engagement with the theatre experience.

In-school workshops available (£120 per class)
Our practical and experiential pre-show workshops are an introduction to the ideas, themes and characters in the show. Contact schools@unicorntheatre.com to book.

Find out more
You can find out more about our schools' programme here. To request a copy of our Primary or Secondary Schools' brochure or to be added to our teacher mailing list, please contact schools@unicorntheatre.com.

Find out more about the show

Our free post-show Insights offer audience members the opportunity to ask questions in response to the show during an informal Q&A session with the actors and creative team. These will take place after the following performances:

Fri 17 Oct after 10.30am show, Wed 22 Oct after 1.30pm show and Fri 7 Nov after 10.30am show


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    Rita Balogun with Movement Director by Diane Alison-Mitchell