A chance discovery in an attic triggers a fascinating family history with folk tales and legends.
Welsh storyteller Phil Okwedy and producers, Adverse Camber in association with Theatrau Sir Gâr, have come together to share an incredible story revealing a chance discovery about his own past and his family’s story. The Gods Are All Here will tour across Wales in May and June and again in Autumn 2022.
The Gods Are Here explores equality, freedom, racism, family and growing up without one’s biological parents, in a touching, funny and evocative performance, The Gods Are All Here is both timeless and very current.
Triggered by the discovery of a series of letters from his father in Nigeria to his mother in Wales, The Gods Are All Here is a gripping, lyrical and warm performance by first-class storyteller, Phil Okwedy.
Phil’s gripping performance skillfully weaves together myths, songs, folk tales and legends from the African diaspora with an astonishing personal story that reveals Phil’s experiences growing up as a child of dual heritage in 1960s and 70s Wales. .
Born in Cardiff, Phil never lived with either parent but was brought up in Pembrokeshire by his longtime adoptive mother. Retracing the time in life when children are said to regard their parents as gods, but having never lived with them, on this show, Phil wonders if his parents were, in fact, the gods that he had imagined them…
Phil said: “As I developed as a storyteller, there came a time when I felt ready to tell a myth, but couldn’t find one that resonated with me. So, I started weaving personal and family stories with folk tales as a sort of myth-making exercise. When I found the letters in my mother’s apartment after her death, I felt the need to do more than just read them, but I was not yet a storyteller so I had no idea what it could be.
Now, in sharing this show, my intention is for it to resonate with other people, with their individual family stories but also with the audience as a whole, because it is by working together that we ensure that equality , justice and freedom are lived by all. ”
Phil Okwedy is a storyteller and writer, who has performed at many storytelling events and festivals across the UK. He was recently commissioned as part of Literature Wales’ Representing Wales, Developing Writers of Color program and as a major contributor to National Theater Wales’ Go Tell the Bees project.
Leading UK storyteller production Adverse Camber (Dreaming the Night Field / Hunting the Giant’s Daughter) is delighted to present this production in partnership with Theatrau Sir Gâr in Carmarthenshire.
Adverse Camber Executive Producer Naomi Wilds said: “We are delighted to have the chance to bring Phil Okwedy’s The Gods Are All Here to Welsh audiences in 2022. Phil is such an engaging storyteller and his story elevates the public wherever it is. Wales of the 1960s, and on an incredible journey of discovery, with glorious stories from the African continent, all in one captivating evening. It’s a great time to hear these stories and give this talented storyteller the platform he deserves!”
The show is suitable for over 12s. Phil, who is also an engaging workshop facilitator, will lead workshops and talks alongside the show, as well as an opportunity for groups and schools to develop their own creative writing skills and tell more about the show .
The Gods Are Here will open in Ffwrnes (May 26), followed by Blackwood Miners Institute (June 10) and The Riverfront, Newport (June 11).
The Gods Are All Here was funded by the Arts Council of Wales, made possible by money raised by National Lottery players. Theatrau Sir Gâr is supporting production development, with director Michael Harvey and a team of production professionals, including a designer, shadow producer and technical team.