ADIGUN Mathew Olabisi, PhD.

ADIGUN Mathew Olabisi, PhD.

Senior Lecturer


Before joining Bowen University in October 2019, Adigun worked for three years as an adjunct lecturer of African Theatre, Performance Studies and Film Studies at the School of Creative Arts, Trinity College, Dublin in Ireland, where he earned his PhD in Drama in 2013. He had also lectured in Theatre, Film and Television between August 2013 and August 2015 at the School of Visual and Performing Arts,Kwara State University, Malete-Ilorin. A holder of a B.A in Dramatic Arts (OAU, Ife), an M.A in Drama Studies (UCD Dublin), and an M.A in Film and Television Studies (DCU, Dublin), Adigun is also a performer, documentarist, playwright, director and creative producer. He was a co-presenter from 2000-2003 of Mono, Ireland’s RTE’s Intercultural flagship intercultural television magazine programme. In 2003, he founded Arambe Productions, Ireland’s first African theatre company for which he had produced and directed over 25 productions in Ireland, Nigeria and the USA, including The Gods Are Not to Blame, The Dilemma of a Ghost, The Kings of the Kilburn High Road, and Death and the King’s Horseman, to mention but a few. Adigun’s first volume of plays, An Other PlayboyThe Butcher Babes and Home Sweet Home, was published by Universal Books UK in 2018. He is the co-editor, with Duro Oni, of The Soyinka Impulse: Essays on Wole Soyinka(BookCraft, 2019) to which Biodun Jeyifo, Niyi Osundare, James Gibbs, Angela Gera-Roy and many other scholars from different parts of the world contributed. Adigun’s research interests are in Wole Soyinka’s Yoruba Tragedy, Intercultural Theatre, adaptationsand Nollywood. 


  • Ph.D., Drama, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 2013
  • M.A (Hons), Film &Television Studies, Dublin City University, Ireland, 2003
  • M.A ( Hons), Drama Studies, University College Dublin, Ireland, 1999
  • B.A (Hons), Dramatic Arts, ObafemiAwolowo University, Ile-Ife, 1990


  • Adigun, Bisi (2014) ‘Pentecostalising Soyinka’s TheTrials of Brother Jeroin African Theatre edited by Martin Banham and Femi Osofisan (In Press)
  • Adigun, Bisi (2014). ‘To Adapt or Not To Adapt: The Question of Originality in a Nigerian Rewrite of two Irish Classics’ in Essay of Collection of Transnational Irish Literatures,edited by Moira Casey and Amanda Tucker. Cork University Press: 2014 (In Press).
  • Adigun, Bisi(2011) ‘Re-Writing Synge’s Playboy – Christy’s Metamorphosis, A Hundred Years On’ in Synge and His Influences: Centenary Essays from the Synge Summer School. Ed. Patrick Lonergan. Carysfort Press Ireland: 2011.
  • Adigun, Bisi (2007) ‘Arambe Productions: An African response to the recent portrayal of the fear gormin Irish Drama’ in Performing Global Networks. Eds. Karen Fricker and RonitLentin. Cambridge Scholars Publishing: 2007.
  • Adigun, Olabisi(2004) ‘An Irish Joke, a Nigerian Laughter’ in Power of Laughter. Ed. Eric Weitz. Carysfort Press Ireland: 2004.
  • Adigun Bisi (2014) ‘Once Upon A Time and Not So Long’ in Staging New Ireland: New Plays and Practitioner Perspectives edited by Charlotte McIvor and Matthew Sprangler. Cork University Press, 2014.