My Father & Other Superheroes

On the day that Nick Makoha realised he was going to be a father, he also realised he had no idea how to be one… My Father & Other Superheroes is a moving an powerful story about the journey from childhood to fatherhood as Nick realises that pop culture raised him in the absence of his father. From Spiderman to Superman to Batman we follow his journey as he discovers what it takes for a man to become a hero and how a hero can be just a man.

‘…from lonely eight year old to alter ego KnightWarrierNinjaKing, Nick becomes the characters in his story through simple, powerful movement, light and shade’ The Public Reviews

Contains some mild language Suitable for age 11+

About the authors/artists

Born in Uganda, Nick Makoha fled the country with his mother, as a result of political overtones that arose from the civil war during the Idi Amin dictatorship. He has lived in Kenya, Saudi Arabia and currently resides in London. He has presented his work at many international events and toured for the British Council in Finland, Czech Republic the US and the Netherlands. In 2005 award-winning publisher Flippedeye launched its pamphlet series with his debut The Lost Collection of an Invisible Man.

As a former writer in Residence for Newham Libraries he wrote the poem ‘Promise to my unborn son’ which was published in the anthology Out Of Bounds (Bloodaxe 2012).. He represented Uganda in the Poetry Parnassus as part of the Cultural Olympiad. The poem “Vista” was used as part of a video installation to promote the Turner prize in 2008 for Tate Remix. His poem Beatitude is the newest addition to Being Human the third book in the Staying Alive poetry trilogy. Staying Alive and its sequel Being Alive have introduced many thousands of new readers to contemporary poetry. His poem ‘From The King”, got shortlisted for the Coffee House Poetry Fourth Troubadour International Poetry Prize and his poem “Stone” has been shortlisted for the 2010 Arvon International Poetry competition.

As a resident artist of Spoke-Lab (Theatre Royal Stratford East’s Spoken Word development programme) he developed a one-man show “My Father & Other Superheroes” One man’s honest revelation of how pop culture raised him in the absence of his father. Nick has gone on to develop the show, working with an exciting creative team to take his work from the page into the performance space, exploring the relationship between poetry and theatre.

There is in Makoha’s work an intriguing balance between the immediate and the stately that fits his material and offers possibilities for expansion and further exploration. All that – his personal history, the history of his country and the leaving of it – suggests to me a talent at the beginning of a genuinely important road. George Szirtes

Tour Information

4th April 2015 12:00pm
11th April 2015 2:00pm
Carriageworks Theatre