A Tale That Nourishes

Staff Reporter (12 January, 2022)

The show asks urgent questions that we as a country are grappling with

51337Anthony Ofoegbu (c) Sarah Hickson

Conundrum is an intimate tale of self-discovery, liberation, and bliss written and directed by Paul Anthony Morris that dives headlong into a powerful exploration of one man’s trajectory of embracing then owning self-acceptance.

This evocative new drama, written and directed by Paul Anthony Morris, is the debut production from Crying in the Wilderness Productions.

Anthony Ofoegbu (Barber Shop Chronicles) plays Fidel, who prompted by old diary entries, conducts a personal life review to identify his greatest challenges. Possessing an unusually high IQ and initially critiquing society, Fidel becomes alarmed by the prospect that he too, is responsible for undermining his own wellbeing. Perplexed by this conundrum, Fidel embarks on a reflective journey seeking answers to some of life’s most relatable questions: Who am I and why am I here?

Kwame Kwei-Armah, Artistic Director of the Young Vic, said: “I am delighted that Crying in the Wilderness Productions are finally getting to bring their debut piece to our stage, having been delayed by the pandemic. The show’s introspective and philosophical nature asks urgent questions that we as a country are grappling with – arguably more than ever before”.

Paul Anthony Morris, Writer, Director and Artistic Director of Crying in the Wilderness Productions said: “Performing Conundrum at the Young Vic, provides us with a great opportunity to showcase our theatrical style which we call ‘Theatre of the Soul’ in its entirety, for the very first time. The prospect of being able to finally share our creative ideas, especially after the past 18 months, to a live and new audience is very exciting”.

Anthony Ofoegbu said: “Playing Fidel will be a tremendous undertaking. Not only will it nourish me as an actor, but also we hope to nourish the audience coming to share the experience of his story”.

Written and directed by Crying in The Wilderness Productions’ Artistic Director Paul Anthony Morris, Conundrum utilises Ofoegbu’s verbal and physical dexterity to full effect in this tightly woven 70-minute performance.

Young Vic, 66, The Cut, SE1 8LZ from 14th January – 4th February. Times: 7.45pm. Matinee performances, 2.45pm. Admission: Unreserved £18, Concessions £16.

Booking: Conundrum, Maria Theatre, Young Vic


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