Ben Okri

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Writing the wrongs of the climate crisis | Letters
Letters: Meirion Bowen applauds Ben Okri’s stand, while Trevor Jones supports the wake-up call that less is more


15, Nov, 2021 @4:47 PM

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Tony Allen: A Retrospective review – sprawling tribute gets the crowd on its feet
At almost three hours, Damon Albarn, Femi Koleoso, Ben Okri and co still struggled to encapsulate the full gamut of Allen’s creativity

Ammar Kalia

14, Nov, 2021 @12:28 PM

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The week in theatre: Anything Goes; Changing Destiny – review
A joyously shipshape revival of Cole Porter’s Broadway classic proves the perfect getaway

Kate Kellaway

08, Aug, 2021 @9:30 AM

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Changing Destiny review – Ben Okri’s sketchy foray into ancient Egypt
Kwame Kwei-Armah’s adaptation of a 4,000-year-old Egyptian poem is ambitious and visually stunning, but Ben Okri’s script is too broadbrush

Arifa Akbar

01, Aug, 2021 @10:09 AM

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From Hamlet to Hullabaloo: what to see as theatres and comedy clubs reopen
As stage shows return, we pick the best post-lockdown offerings – featuring Egyptian gods, rebelling vicars, dancing youths ... and Ian McKellen playing the Dane at 82

Arifa Akbar (theatre), Brian Logan (comedy), Lyndsey Winship (dance)

16, May, 2021 @2:00 PM

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Ben Okri: ‘I began Don Quixote as one person and finished as another’
The author on his mother’s storytelling, cheering up with Oscar Wilde and why he always finishes books

Ben Okri

08, Mar, 2019 @10:00 AM

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The Freedom Artist by Ben Okri review – visions of dystopia
An enigmatic fable about a ‘post-truth’ city where books are banned from the author of The Famished Road

Stevie Davies

16, Feb, 2019 @11:00 AM

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The Freedom Artist by Ben Okri review – wake-up call of a world without books
A society sleepwalks towards destruction in Okri’s deeply felt allegorical novel

Stephanie Merritt

12, Feb, 2019 @7:00 AM

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Grace Wales Bonner: ‘I’m a fashion designer making art – it could be seen as silly’
From menswear to art, the polymath speaks about creative fluidity and ritual

Alex Rayner

02, Feb, 2019 @6:59 AM

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Ben Okri: ‘If you’re hungry, books seem full of feasts’
The writer on living on the streets in London, eating in a cellar during the Nigerian civil war, and fasting while writing

John Hind

19, Jan, 2019 @6:00 PM

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The Outsider review – Ben Okri adapts the Camus classic
Okri holds faithfully to the philosopher-novelist’s voice and vision in a striking staging with Sam Frenchum as Meursault

Arifa Akbar

20, Sep, 2018 @4:37 PM

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Ben Okri: 'I was nearly shot because I couldn’t speak my dad’s language'
Why was Ben Okri so keen to adapt L’Étranger, Albert Camus’s dark novel about the killing of an Arab, for the stage? He talks about his battle with the French writer’s daughter, his days living on the streets – and the swearword that saved his life

Claire Armitstead

06, Sep, 2018 @5:00 AM

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