Screen grab from Longitude, the hangout play ©

LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre)

Theatre in unconventional spaces is a theme that the British Council is exploring in Nigeria, and this includes using the digital landscape as a platform to deliver performances. In our latest project we have partnered with LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre)one of the UK’s most prestigious theatre festivals, on Longitude, a multi-platform theatre experience running across three episodic performances that use Google Hangouts to connect performers in Barcelona, Lagos and London.

Set in a near-future when water has become a scarce resource, Longitude tells the story of five characters endeavouring to smuggle and sell water to Nigeria, and make a killing out of climate change.

The show features creative teams based in Lagos, Barcelona and London who are linked via google hangout. Established theatre practitioners Toyin Oshinaike and Ifeoma Fafunwa make up the Lagos creative team.

How to watch the play

A web page has been created to host the show and theatre lovers are encouraged to follow the link and become a part of this ground breaking performance.

Performance Schedule

To watch Episode 1 visit:

City analyst Nerida Thomson has dug up an amazing prospect in Lagos, Nigeria, where a desperate need for water could end up netting Nerida millions - but only the strange leaders of the Academy of Water and Spiritual Healing (AWASH) have the connections to make it happen.

Episode 2, 16 June, 6.00pm

A deal with the Academy is struck, and Amenawon’s plan to bring a huge shipment of water to Lagos is within reach. But who can you really trust when millions of pounds are at stake?

Episode 3, 23 June 6.00pm

London and Lagos are waiting for their ships to come in, and Barcelona is pulling the strings. Will the water conspiracy succeed? Or is too much to hope that five people can change the world?

The first episode took place as planned on June 9 2014. We are looking forwards to the remaining performances.