African Renaissance Theatre (A.R.T) proudly presents the premier production of double award winning stage play 54 Silhouettes written and directed by young Nigerian writer Africa Ukoh. The performance will be staged in Jos, Plateau state, at Alliance Français on the 16th of November; and in Abuja, at the French Institut of Nigeria, on the 5th, 6th and 8th of December, 2013.

African Renaissance Theatre & Entertainment (A.R.T) is a new age arts movement coming to the world from Nigeria, West Africa. Born out of a deep love, respect, and undying passion for creative excellence, this eclectic-electric arts movement is laid upon the foundation of a simple idea: that this generation of young Africans can come together with a diversity of talent, knowledge and skill to create things profound; things as socially productive as they are artistically divine.

Set in Hollywood, California, 54 Silhouettes tells the tale of Victor Chimezie, a young Nigerian actor pursuing dreams of making it big in the land of ‘glitz and glam’. Victor’s shot comes when his agent lands him a part in an upcoming blockbuster movie – an action-packed popcorn flick set in Nigeria. However, he soon comes to discover the film portrays his country and continent in nothing but stereotypical and derogatory manners.

Victor goes on a personal crusade against the film bringing him into conflict with the executive producer, director, a co-actor and his agent. Values, ideologies, and friendships are strained and tested as Victor fights for the right to be recognized as a man, not a shadow of one.

Without belittling the complexities of our cultural divides the play seeks to probe the issues of the portrayal and perception of Africans, asking the crucial question: who is responsible for the African image?

54 Silhouettes received its first acclaim in 2011, winning the first runner up position in the BBC African Performance competition. In 2012 the play was selected as one of 30 award winners in the prestigious Stratford East/30 Nigeria House project.

You can listen to an abridged version of the play produced by the BBC World Service, here.

Check out other stories on the upcoming performance here, here, here, and here.



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