The second publication in the Witnessed series will be launched this month in Frankfurt!
"Also By Mail" is a modern family comedy-drama by author and poet Olumide Popoola. It follows the experiences of Nigerian German siblings Funke and Wale who fly to Nigeria to bury their suddenly deceased father. Their upbringing clashes with their uncle’s expectations and initial misunderstandings soon come to an éclat. When Wale returns to Germany, frustrated, he is bitterly reminded of how little his father acknowledged and prepared them for racist encounters there.
Loss and racism, sibling rivalry and cross-cultural etiquette, the play incorporates and subverses it’s urban, neo-African elements of story-telling to give a contemporary picture of a family that struggles not only with the legacy of its patriarch but with being racialized within the German context as well. Where does each stand in a circle of relations and needs? Where does each want to end up? And who is willing to help? It takes an inside-outside job to lighten the mood and the surprise startles them all.
The reading will take place as part of the Black History Month programme of events organised by ISD Frankfurt. The reading will be followed by a Spoken Word Performance by Philipp Khabo Koepsell.
Staged Reading: "Also By Mail"
with Moses Adekunle, Clementine Burnley, T.Vicky Germain, Noah Hofmann, Philipp Khabo Koepsell, Asad Schwarz-Msesilamba and Mirjam Nuenning
Saturday, February 16th 2013
Circus, Bleichstr. 46, Frankfurt am Main
"Also By Mail" by Olumide Popoola
Series: Witnessed Edition 2
Publisher: Edition Assemblage
Paperback, 142×205 mm
96 pages, 9.80 EUR [D]
to be published 20th February 2013