“Esther’s Revenge”: From Freedom Park to New York

Esther’s Revenge, a gripping play that first captivated audiences at the Brighton Fringe in 2023, has now found its home at the SoHo Playhouse in New York, off Broadway. The tale of Esther Johnson’s tragic love story has earned its place on the international stage, securing the prestigious International Encore Series Award at the Brighton Fringe 2023.

This theatrical triumph marks a journey that began six years ago in Lagos at the Lagos Theatre Festival in Freedom Park. Spearheaded by the visionary minds of Kenneth Uphopho and Bola Stephen, the play ventured through the Lagos Fringe, Abuja Fringe, two tours to the Vrystaat Arts Festival, and the Pan African Creative Exchange in South Africa. Esther’s Revenge not only garnered acclaim but also bagged the opportunity to showcase in the vibrant setting of the Brighton Fringe.

Kenneth Uphopho, the creative force behind this masterpiece, reminisces about the genesis of the script during a workshop six years ago, envisioning a series on #womenwhokill. The realisation of this dream on the stages of New York resonates as a testament to the enduring spirit of perseverance and dedication.

As the play graces the SoHo Playhouse, attendees in the USA this January are invited to witness the unravelling of Esther’s tumultuous tale. The experiential play, skillfully written and directed by Kenneth Uphopho, invites the audience to participate as jurors, deliberating the fate of Esther Johnson, who, driven by love, commits a chilling act of murder by stabbing her lover, Mark with scissors in 1953.

Esther’s Revenge has truly become a global sensation, transcending borders and captivating audiences with its compelling narrative. Supported by organizations such as @usinnigeria, @ngbritisharts, and @pawstudiosafrica, the play stands as a beacon of artistic achievement, promising an unforgettable experience for all who attend.

In the grand theatre of dreams, Esther’s Revenge takes centre stage, a poignant reminder that the hustle, dedication, and passion of artistes can indeed transform aspirations into reality. 


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