A co-production with Soho Theatre

SESSIONS by Ifeyinwa Frederick

Touring nationwide Autumn 2020


In 2019 Paines Plough co-commissioned a new play by Ifeyinwa Frederick, one of the 2019 Soho Six, in a yearlong attachment programme for artists run by Soho Theatre.  As part of their 2020 season Paines Plough present the result.

Exploring the complexity of depression and therapy, SESSIONS asks what happens when your last resort doesn't work. The play follows the life of Tunde - a 30-year-old loveable rogue - as we try to understand how such a seemingly happy young man has ended up here and how does he get out?

The production debuts in Autumn 2020 at Soho Theatre as part of a 30-date small-scale tour. This will be the final production in a three-year partnership with Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation which supports Paines Plough.

Ifeyinwa is a fervent believer in the power of storytelling and human connection, which fuels her work as a writer and entrepreneur. She began writing in 2016, joining Soho Theatre Writers' Lab. Supported by the programme, she wrote her debut play THE HOES which received a full production at Hampstead Theatre in 2018. The play was shortlisted for the 2017 Tony Craze Award and Character 7 Award and longlisted for the 2017 Verity Bargate Award. Writing alongside her full-time job as co-founder of Chuku's - the world's first Nigerian tapas restaurant – she's a Young British Foodie award winner and has been featured in Forbes' list of 100 Female Founders in Europe.