Sense of Belonging

(Tale of Ikpiko)

created by Chuck Mike & The Performance Studio Workshop


“urgent, serious and honest”
The Guardian

“strikingly staged, heartfelt theatre, beautiful”
Evening Standard

“The fierce beauty of Chuck Mike’s production is at once a celebration and requiem for the Nigerian Soul”
The Times

A play about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Sense of Belonging was developed through workshops in Nigeria and at the National Theatre Studio in UK. CA partnered with SISTERHELP and WOMANKIND Worldwide for the production at the Green Room (Manchester) as part of the events for the Spirit of Friendship Festival for the 2002 Commonwealth Games celebrations and Arcola Theatre (London) 2003. Sense of Belonging increased awareness, challenged the practice of FGM and was instrumental in advocating for the first anti-FGM bill passed in Nigeria in 1999.

Creative Team: Chuck Mike (Director), Juwon Ogungbe (Musical Consultant), Chrysten Bennet & Atlanta Duffy (Designers), Charles Olokpa (Choreographer)

Cast: Marva Alexander, Stephen Blagrove, Antonia Kemi Coker, Diannah Daley, Louisa Eyo, Suzann Mclean, Sesan Ogunledun, Charles Olokpa, Mae Louise Robinson, Tolani Sarumi, and Ayo Thomas

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