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Emmanuel Okocha - Sour Grapes: The Musical Interview

In a series of interviews, we are chatting to artists involved with the 2024 Wandsworth Fringe. The Fringe Festival runs from 7th until 23rd June. 

In this interview, we chat with Emmanuel Okocha about Sour Grapes: The Musical which plays on 12th June at The Exhibit.

Where did your arts career begin?
It all started in Lagos Nigeria, growing into the art, loving it and doing it literally all the time.

What can you tell me about your show?
Sour Grapes: A Musical is a captivating and emotionally resonant theatrical production that explores the complexities of postpartum depression through the lens of a compelling narrative. The musical weaves a poignant story that follows characters navigating the challenges of motherhood, relationships, and self-discovery.

Set against a backdrop of soul-stirring melodies and harmonious tunes, Sour Grapes uses the power of music and storytelling to shed light on the often-overlooked aspects of postpartum experiences. The production delves into the raw and authentic emotions of individuals facing the impact of postpartum depression, offering a heartfelt portrayal that resonates with audiences on a profound level.

With a fusion of engaging choreography and a meticulously crafted musical score, Sour Grapes not only entertains but also serves as a platform for raising awareness about mental health. The musical invites the audience to empathize with the characters, fostering a deeper understanding of the challenges and triumphs associated with postpartum journeys.

Where did the idea for the show come from?
Sour Grapes is a poignant adaptation of Yetunde Lemboye's book of the same title, which delves into the theme of postpartum depression. As a producer deeply committed to raising awareness about mental health issues, the book resonated with me personally, having witnessed my own mother's struggle with postpartum depression while growing up and observing her experiences during the births of my siblings. Understanding the profound impact of postpartum depression on mothers, I was compelled to bring this important story to a wider audience.

After acquiring the rights to adapt the book from the author, I assembled a talented creative team to breathe life into this narrative. Collaborating with playwrights Chiamaka Eze and Opeyemi, along with a dedicated team including Chris Iheuwa, Oluyomi Taiwo, Oladele Samuel-Olusegun, Oretimehin Kehinde, and myself, we embarked on a journey to craft a compelling theatrical experience that sheds light on the challenges and stigma surrounding postpartum depression. Through our collective efforts, we aim to spark conversations, foster empathy, and promote understanding of mental health struggles, particularly within the context of motherhood.

How do you prepare for a performance?
Preparing for a performance encompasses coordinating with the creative team, managing finances and marketing, arranging logistics and ticketing, overseeing technical rehearsals and emergency plans, attending dress rehearsals, managing front-of-house operations, and providing support to the cast and crew. This multifaceted approach ensures the smooth execution of the production, fostering a successful and enjoyable experience for all involved.

What is the message of your show?
The message of our show revolves around raising awareness of postpartum depression and destigmatizing mental health struggles, particularly within the context of motherhood. Through the narrative, we aim to convey the importance of understanding, empathy, and support for individuals experiencing postpartum depression and their families. By shedding light on this often misunderstood issue, we hope to spark conversations, promote acceptance, and encourage seeking help when needed. 

Ultimately, our goal is to foster a more compassionate and supportive society for those affected by postpartum depression and other mental health challenges.

If you were a biscuit, what would you be and why?
If I were a biscuit, I'd probably be a digestive biscuit. Like a digestive biscuit, I strive to be versatile and adaptable, suitable for various situations and tastes. Additionally, just as a digestive biscuit is often considered a comforting and reliable snack, I aim to provide helpful and reassuring assistance to those I interact with.

Can you describe the show in three words?
Work of ART

When can people see the show and follow the journey beyond?
12th June 2024, first show is 6pm, while the second show is 8pm at The Exhibit, 12 Balham Station Rd, London SW12 9SG.

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