Mud House Theatre and A.R.T: the next generation of Nigerian theatre is here.

It’s going to be back-to-back weekends of great theatre, this November in Jos, Plateau state. Two new generation theatre companies, African Renaissance Theatre and Mud House Theatre, have got treats for you.

On the 9th and 10th of November Mud House Theatre presents 3 Friends in A Sold House, written and directed by Wapi Barau. A hilarious comedy which uses an intriguing metaphor to probe into Nigeria’s socio-political conditionibus in its ethnic potpourri. Tickets go for N500 for adults and N150 for children.

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On the 16th of November, African Renaissance and Theatre presents the premiere production of double award winning play 54 Silhouettes, written and directed by Africa Ukoh. The play follows the story of an African actor in Hollywood who finds himself at odds with the very same forces that would bring him Tinseltown’s special brand of fame and fortune. Tickets go for N500

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The venue for both plays is Alliance Française, Jos, opposite Joseph Gomwalk House. The time for both shows is 5pm. Join us in the expressions and experiences of a new Africa through theatre!

Photos from Reading Rehearsals of “54 Silhouettes”

Check out pictures from reading rehearsals of our upcoming theatre production. 54 Silhouettes written & directed by Africa Ukoh. All photos by Victor Audu.

Venue: Alliance Française, Jos.
Date:16th November.
Time: 5pm.
Tickets: #500

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Check out other stories on the upcoming performance.

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Download and Listen to Radio Version of “54 Silhouettes”

As announced in this morning’s press release African Renaissance Theatre & Entertainment will be lighting up theatre stages in Nigeria with the performance of a new play titled 54 Silhouettes this November and December.

We know you theatre lovers out there can’t wait! But while you do, you can catch a sneak peek of the performance by listening to the abridged radio version of the play produced by the BBC World service.

Simply follow this link to download and listen to the play. Drop a comment to let us know what you think of the play as well.

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Golden Baobab Prizes Shortlist 2013 Announcement

Accra, Ghana, 1st November, 2013: 180 stories were submitted to this year’s Golden Baobab Prizes. Of these, 25 made it onto the longlist and 8 to the shortlist. The 8 shortlisted stories are:

The Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Books
The Princess with a Golden Voice by Philip Begho (Nigeria)
The Little Hippo by Liza Esterhuyse (South Africa)
Grandma Mimo’s Breakfast by Carol Gachiengo (Kenya)

The Golden Baobab Prize for Early Chapter Books
Seven by Sabina Mutangadura (Zimbabwe)
Rhino by Richard Street (South Africa)
What’s going on at 179 Jabulani Street? by Karen Hurt (South Africa)

The Golden Baobab Prize for Rising Writers
The Little Secret by Fego Martins Ahia (Nigeria)
Pieces of Africa by Kanengo Rebecca Diallo (Tanzania)

Chair of judges for the Picture Book Prize, Zetta Elliott, whose first picture book, Bird, won the Honor Award in Lee and Low Books’ New Voices Contest, commented on the shortlist saying, “I’m very impressed with the range and originality of the stories. This year’s shortlist suggests that there are plenty of emerging authors who take seriously the task of nourishing the imagination of African children. These stories have magic, mystery, and important lessons about the value of community. They confirm what we already know: Africa’s literary landscape is rich and diverse!”

The Golden Baobab Prizes, now in its fifth year, were set up to find the very best writers of African children’s literature. This year’s shortlist suggests that the judges; Bernardine Evaristo, Esi-Sutherland-Addy, Nonikiwe Mashologu, Zetta Elliott, Annette Hansen and Osayimwense Osa, all have varying ideas about what constitutes good fiction for children. This has ensured a very diverse 2013 shortlist.

Osayimwense Osa, founding author of the Journal of African Children’s and Youth Literature (JACYL), is a firm believer in the power of literature. He says, “It transform the world from confusion and violence to peace is immense and so it is wise to get children reading in their formative years. They must have access to literature which is in touch with social functions, individual lives, and world realities and some of the stories in the shortlist do just that.”
The shortlist comes out after over 8 weeks of the rigorous Golden Baobab Prizes evaluation process. It is evident that African writers are passionate about creating beautiful stories to ignite the imaginations of African children everywhere. The winners of the 2013 prizes will be announced on 13 November.

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About the Golden Baobab Prizes
The Golden Baobab Prizes for literature was established in July 2008 to inspire the creation of enthralling African children’s stories by gifted African writers. The Prizes invite entries of unpublished stories written by African citizens irrespective of age, race, or country of origin. The Prizes are organized by Golden Baobab, a Ghana-based pan African social enterprise dedicated to supporting African writers and illustrators to create winning African children’s books. The organization’s Advisory Board includes renowned authors Ama Ata Aidoo, Patrice Nganang, Jay Heale and Maya Ajmera. Golden Baobab is proudly supported by Echoing Green, Reach for Change, The Global Fund for Children and The African Library Project.
For further information, photos or to arrange interviews, please contact: Nanama B. Acheampong via info@goldenbaobab.org
Tel: +233302 265215
Website: http://www.goldenbaobab.org

AFRICAN RENAISSANCE THEATRE & ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS NEW THEATRE FROM AFRICA

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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.

ABOUT A.R.T
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.

ABOUT THE PLAY
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?

PAST ACHIEVEMENTS
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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