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Hear Word!
Naija Woman Talk True

iOpenEye / Ifeoma Fafunwa

Ten of Nigeria’s biggest stars come together to tell stories of domestic violence, overturning the status quo, abuse, disrespect, bravery, sisterhood and joy.

Hear Word! is Nigerian pidgin English for ‘Listen and Comply’. In this unflinchingly honest performance, ten of Nigeria’s biggest stars of theatre, film and television come together on stage to tell multi-generational stories of inequality and transformation.

Hear Word! gives an intimate view into the obstacles that Nigerian women face. Stories of domestic violence, of women’s absence from positions of power, of resilience and resistance, of shattering the culture of silence, of overturning the status quo, of abuse, disrespect, bravery, sisterhood and joy.

It’s a life-affirming call for female solidarity and empowerment that will shock you with its frankness, amuse you with its comedy — and galvanise you into action.

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Part of You Are Here
Captioned performance
25 Aug 4pm

Co-written and Directed by Ifeoma Fafunwa

Cast includes Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Joke Silva, Ufuoma McDermott, Omonor, Zara Udofia-Ejoh, Elvina Ibru, Rita Edward, Toluwanimi Arawomo, Oluchi Odii, Odenike

Produced by iOpenEye in association with American Repertory Theater

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19-25 August 2019

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book or watch. The 2021 programme will be announced in June.

★★★★ glorious and unflinching

The Herald

★★★★ a riot of colour, energy and brilliant storytelling


Hear Word! is agitprop theater of an exceptionally vital order … These are sparks to be fanned into flame. By the end the brightness radiating from its all-female cast has the glare and heat of a raging bonfire.

The New York Times

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Funded through the PLACE Programme, a partnership between the Edinburgh Festivals and