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Gone Too Far

Gone Too Far
Your Price: $16.95 CDN
Author: Bola Agbaje
Publisher: Methuen Drama
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 82
Pub. Date: 2007
ISBN-10: 0713686987
ISBN-13: 9780713686982

About the Play:

Gone Too Far! is a full-length drama by Bola Agbaje. Set on a London housing estate it depicts the experience of young multicultural Londoners and the issues of identity and culture that both unite and divide the characters.

Nigeria, England, America, Jamaica; are you proud of where you're from? Dark skinned, light skinned, afro, weaves, who are your true brothers and sisters? When two brothers from different continents go down the street to buy a pint of milk, they lift the lid on a disunited nation where everyone wants to be an individual but no one wants to stand out from the crowd. Gone Too Far! is a comic and astute play about identity, history and culture. portraying a world where respect is always demanded but rarely freely given.

Bola Agbaje's first play, Gone Too Far! premiered in 2007 at the Royal Court Theatre (Upstairs) as part of its Young Writers Festival. In 2008, the play won the Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliated Theatre. The play was revived in 2008 and returned for a run in the main Downstairs space at the Court, as well as at the Hackney Empire and Albany Theatre.

Cast: 4 women, 8 men

What people say:

"Bola Agbaje has an astute eye and ear and offers a different perspective to her male counterparts." — The Guardian

"In her remarkable debut as a playwright Bola Agbaje walks two teenage black brothers around a dilapidated London council estate. She exploits their close encounters to give us a jolting lesson about the range of identities, beliefs and anxieties concealed beneath black or blackish skins." — Evening Standard

"...a sparky, hugely promising and entertaining all-rounder." — Time Out London

"Although this is a very familiar sociological cityscape, Agbaje writes about it with a freshness and energy that is verbally delightful, along with a clarity of observation that feels both mature and insightful." — The Tribune

About the Playwright:

Bola Agbaje is an award-winning British playwright of Nigerian origin who graduated from the young writers programme at the Royal Court. Her writing has been presented by the Royal Court Theatre, ATC, Tiata Fahodzi, Hampstead Theatre, Soho Theatre, Young Vic, Talawa and Cardboard Citizens to name a few.