Frank Forbes and the Yahoo Boy

Research output: Non-textual formTheatre & Performance


My practice lead qualitative research was the methodology of writing, directing and producing the stageplay Frank Forbes and the Yahoo Boy. This involved an immersion within the filmmaking community of West Africa along with an engagement with the African diaspora in Adelaide. This collaborative process led to robust characters. The performance of these characters led to a deeper understanding of the African community that challenged neo-colonial perceptions of the African as the ‘other’. The new knowledge this production brings is the depiction of complex African characters on stage who are in control of their own stories and driving the action.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAdelaide
PublisherSouth Australian playwrights Theatre
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Bibliographical note

The production was significant because it depicted Africans as complex, active characters and introduced a non-African audience to the genuine complexities of African communities and the specific achievements of the Nigerian film industry. The production raised the consciousness of the Australian audience to the long, rich history of African creativity. Frank Forbes and the Yahoo Boy received critical acclaim in six publications including The Advertiser. It was The Weekend Australian’s ‘Play of the Week’ on June 2, 2018.


  • performance
  • Theatre
  • Africa

NTRO Type of Output

  • Major


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