House of Ife

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See that s the problem with this family innit, we never wanna talk real about Ife.

In the wake of the sudden death of their eldest son, Ife, one family is forced
to confront the traumas, they ve long tried to bury. As the sun beats down on
their cramped North London flat, and the head of the family arrives from
Ethiopia for the funeral, tensions rise, cultures clash and past betrayals are

A tense, funny and explosive drama exploring what it means to belong, and
what happens when a family s secrets shake its foundations.

House of Ife premiered at the Bush Theatre, London, in April 2022, directed
by Artistic Director Lynette Linton.

Beru Tessema is an Ethiopian-British writer based in London. His stage
play, Exile in North Weezy, was shortlisted for the prestigious Papatango
Playwriting Prize 2020. He began his relationship with the Bush on their
Emerging Writers Group, and House of Ife was written on commission.

PublisherSamuel French Ltd.
CategoryFull Length Play
AuthorBeru Tssema
Music Byn/a
Adapted Byn/a
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Royalty Playn/a
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