Casting announced for stage adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s ‘Notes on Grief’ at Manchester International Festival!

Casting has been announced for the stage version of Notes on Grief, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s powerful reflection on family, love and loss, which will premiere at Manchester International Festival from 5 to 17 July 2021.

Director Rae McKen’s world premiere production will star Michelle Asante, Uche Abuah and Itoya Osagiede.



On Wednesday 10 June 2020, the scholar James Nwoye Adichie died in Nigeria. Three months later, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the acclaimed author of Half a Yellow Sun and Americanah, published a beautiful tribute to the father she loved ‘so much, so fiercely, so tenderly’, a poignant meditation on the meaning, impact and nature of grief, in the New Yorker. Out of that essay grew a book, published in May 2021.

Director Rae McKen takes Adichie’s words and transfers them to the stage in this new production: a space for those who have experienced loss to gather and reflect, and a powerful and timely MIF21 world premiere.

Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival.

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