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The Sweetness of a Sting by Chinonyerem Odimba

The Sweetness of a Sting by Chinonyerem Odimba

Chinonyerem Odimba was inspired by the fables of West African storytelling, using nature to tell human stories.

Badger’s parents decide they want to return to their home country, so he is confronted with the possibility of leaving everything he knows and becoming a visitor in a strange world. Attempting to run away and escape his parents’ plans, Badger finds himself in a world full of insects, stories and Thunder – a land beneath our feet that he cannot escape from. This fantastical story looks at what it means to be young – disconnected from nature, and from your identity. 

Cast Size: 32 (can be done with a minimum of 14)

Chinonyerem Odimba

Chinonyerem Odimba is a Nigeria-born London-raised playwright and is currently assistant director on The Caretaker at the Bristol Old Vic, Northampton Royal and Derngate Theatre. Her work for theatre includes The Bird Woman of Lewisham at the Arcola; Paradise Street at the Tricycle; Rainy Season, His Name is Ishmael and Medea at Bristol Old Vic; Twist for Theatre Centre and on UK tour; An Ode to Adam at the Ustinov, Bath; RAAR Birds for Ugly Sister Productions; Joanne for Clean Break; and Amongst the Reeds for Clean Break and The Yard. TV includes Scotch Bonnet for BBC Three and A Blues for Nia for the BBC and Eclipse Theatre. Poetry includes pieces for Tangle International, the Royal Exchange and the Diversity School. Her work has been shortlisted for several awards including the Adrienne Benham Award and the Alfred Fagon awards. In 2015 her unproduced play Wild is De Wind was in the final ten for the Bruntwood Playwriting Award.

Chinonyerem Odimba is currently under commission for Eclipse Theatre’s ‘Revolution Mix’ at Bristol Old Vic and as the Channel 4 Playwright (formerly Pearson Playwrights' Scheme) for Talawa.