Ticket Promo for Paw Studios Production YORUBA ROMANCE

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Buy two get one FREE, Promo ends this Saturday October 18th.
Watch Nneka beat up Ladoja as he tries to ask for her hand in Marriage.
Ladoja has a running case of diarrhea, Nneka still claims she is 16 years old and Evans’ her dodgy Father thinks he died and went to hell.

Watch this rib-cracking comedy this Sunday 12th October 2013
See the teaser here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpW_TN-RwJc
YORUBA ROMANCE – A STAGE PLAY

Time: 3pm&6pm
Date:19th, 26th October 2014
Venue: Terrakulture plot 1376 Tiamiyu Savage Street off Ahmadu Bello Way V I.
Tickets: N3000 & N5000 VIP
For ticket bookings, call 08096360700 or 0818 813 2198
Written by Tyrone Terrence
Directed by Kenneth Uphopho
A PAWSTUDIOS PRODUCTION

ATTA AND OTEH TEAM UP FOR PLAY PREMIERE AT TERRA KULTURE

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This November, playwright Sefi Atta and theatre director Patrick-Jude Oteh team up for the production of “Last Stand,” featuring the acclaimed Jos Repertory Theatre.

“Last Stand” is the first in a new series of modern Nigerian family dramas written by Atta, and the play is about a battle of wills between a dying general and his estranged heirs.

When General Mashood Balogun on his deathbed decides to leave his estate to his first son Rotimi, bypassing his daughters, he creates an uproar in his family. Rotimi, a medical doctor, refuses to step into his father’s shoes, and his father stands firm in his bid to make Rotimi his successor.

As the Balogun family conflict plays out, Rotimi in the end is forced to look after his dying father. But who will win the final face-off between father and son?

“Last Stand” premieres @
Terra Kulture
Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014
3 p.m. and 6 p.m
Tickets are available at Terra Kulture and Quintessence.

Patrick-Jude Oteh is a trained theatre director and holds a Master of Theatre Arts and a Master of International Law and Diplomacy, with an emphasis on international economic law. He is the founding artistic director of the Jos Repertory Theatre as well as the festival producer of the annual Jos Festival of Theatre currently in its ninth season. He holds fellowships with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington D.C., the Brademas Center for the Study of Congress at New York University, and the National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP).

Sefi Atta is the author of novels “Everything Good Will Come” (2005), “Swallow” (2010), “A Bit of Difference” (2013), and the short story collection “News From Home” (2010). Her radio plays have been broadcast by BBC Radio, and her stage plays have been produced internationally. Her recent stage credits include her one-act plays “The Naming Ceremony,” which was directed by Ifeoma Fafunwa and premiered at London’s Theatre Royal Stratford East in 2012, and “Hagel auf Zamfara,” which was directed by Nick Monu and finished its two-year run at Germany’s Theatre Krefeld in 2013

PAWSTUDIOS PRESENTS AHMED YERIMA’S “THE WIVES”

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PAWSTUDIOS, producers of the BRITISH COUNCIL Lagos Theatre Festival 2014invites you to a stage play titled The Wives written by Professor Ahmed Yerima and directed by Kenneth Uphopho.

Venue: TerraKulture, Plot 1376 Tiamiyu Savage Street, V/Island, Lagos.
Date: Saturday 6th September 2014.
Time: 1pm, 4pm & 7pm.
Tickets 3500,5000

Our star studded array of Actors include Cool FM OAP Kayla Oniwo, Songstress EVAEZI, Red Carpet Xtra Oola Heavens and Odenike from Ojos in tha House.

The story is about Chief Theophilous Gbadegeshin and his three Wives and Sister.

“I miss you broad mi, tell mama and papa that I will join them….but not so soon sha!”…….Auntimi( Gbadegeshin’s Sister)

The Play focuses on incest, murder, inheritance fraud and polygamy amd will keep you enthralled from the start to finish

“We have continually excelled at putting Nigerian Stage Productions back on the map locally and this play will not be different” says Kenneth Uphopho Director of The Wives

PAWSTUDIOS the production company responsible for the show have been in the business of staging plays for over 10 years .

Supported by Majmua Theatre

Wole Soyinka’s THE TRIALS OF BROTHER JERO

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Today Saturday August 9 at Terra Kulture.

Trials of Brother Jero is one of Professor Wole Soyinka’s most popular plays will be showing at Terra Kulture.

With Toju Ejoh as Brother Jero

Date : TODAY, August 9 2014.
Venue : Terra Kulture, 1347 Tiamiyu Savage Street, Victoria Island.
Time : 3PM & 6PM
Tickets : Students 1500, Regular 3000, VIP 5000.

The Trials of Brother Jero is about a fake beach prophet, a suave fraudster who establishes a viable “business” out of gullible working class people in the vicinity.

This play is a light satiric comedy that aims at showing hypocrisy and manipulation in various spheres of life, have enslaved even the enlightened and enriched charlatans.

You don’t want to miss this hilarious play.
The play is brought to you by Thespian Family Theatre.

Tickets available at Terra Kulture.

PAW Studios Presents: Ahmed Yerima’s “The Wives” In September

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Four Women, A dead body and a Party

The Wives returns to the stage this September full of mystery and intrigue. This dark comedy pulls a twist which will keep you at the edge of your seat from the beginning to the end

Cecilia, Angela, Tobi and Auntimi are four women trapped in a web of lies spun by their billionaire benefactor Gbadegeshin. Accusations of murder , incest and inheritance fraud are rife between the women. This is further compounded by Gbadegeshin’s family insisting on upholding tradition.

Read the reviews from the last edition here http://dailyindependentnig.com/2012/11/paws-the-wives-set-for-thrilling-finale-at-terra-kulture/
Prof Ahmed Yerima’s twist on this beautifully woven tale of polygamy is witty, humourous and full of lessons for all

Venue : Terrakulture, Plot 1376 Tiamiyu Savage Street. VI Lagos
Date:6th September 2014
Time : 1pm, 4pm, 7pm
Starring EVAEZI ,Cool FM’s Kaylah Oniwo, Olawunmi Heavens, Odenike, Patrick Diabuah, David Azeez

Written by Prof Ahmed Yerima
Directed by Kenneth Uphopho
Tickets: N5000, N3500 and N2000 ( students with ID)
For ticket enquiries call 08188132198/08037177106 or email theatre@pawstudios .com.ng

It is rated PG13 due to the Scenography

This is a PAWSTUDIOS production

Paw Studios presents: A HARVEST WITH SOYINKA

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Paw Studios presents to you “A Harvest With Soyinka”

The festival will consist of Music, Spoken Word and Site specific theatre.

Date: July 20th and 27th 2014.

Venue: Terra Kulture, 1376 Tiamiyu Savage Street Victoria Island.

Time: 3pm and 6pm

Tickets:
N1500 – Students
N3000 – Regular
N5000 – VIP

Two families: the Olumorin’s and the Erinjobi’s are set on war path because of their children who have chosen to fall in love. The stage is set as both families must overcome their differences to see the pain behind the rebellious duo. Will Ishola let go of his bitterness towards his father? Will Mr Olumorin kill Ishola as threatened?

Find out in this dark ensemble written by the legendary Professor Wole Soyinka and directed by Kenneth Uphopho.

THESPIAN FAMILY THEATRE PRESENTS: “THE LION AND THE JEWEL” AND “THE TRIALS OF BROTHER JERO”

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Live in Lagos this July and August in celebration of Wole Soyinka at 80. Thespian Family Theatre presents The Lion and Jewel, and The Trails of Brother Jero.

A.R.T’S INTERVIEW WITH CATHERINE LABIRAN

So we threw some questions at Catherine Labiran and the always delightful poet, author and activist shared thoughts on her new book of poetry titled Ayisat and her life as an artist. Check out the interview below.

Give us an insight into the creative journey of Ayisat.
The poems in Ayisat were written across my teenager years, so each poem gives the reader an insight to my experiences and what I was going through at that particular time. I have been fortunate enough to travel quite a bit and this reflects in different cultural references documented in the book. When I put this book together, I told myself that I was going to be as free as I could possibly be. At first, I was nervous to talk about certain topics because of how I would be perceived. However, I then came to the conclusion that my story is more powerful than my fear of perception. I then progressed to write and collate poems with a free and unchained spirit.

In what ways did you grow upon completing the poetry collection? And did this change or expand when the book got published?
Completing the collection helped me grow up a lot because it propelled me to put myself out there. Sometimes I can be really reserved with my art. Sometimes, I fall into the trap of being a perfectionist, which is a loser’s game. Making Ayisat taught me that imperfections can be beautiful. I included poems that I wrote when I was 16 to demonstrate my journey, not what the perfect poem could be. When the book was published, I grew once again because I had to make myself vulnerable to criticism and open to love. Once a book is out there, there is no taking it back. This process freed me from the restraints I put on myself creatively.

What can poetry lovers who haven’t read Ayisat be excited about?
If you know me, prepare to learn something new about me. If you do not know me, then here I am. Even though all the poems are not directly about me, they all show my thinking process.

Ayisat is dedicated to your mother and all mothers. How does that maternal mind state impact or reflect in the book?
Ayisat is my baby. I birthed this book, I have seen it grow up and go across the world. When I hand over copies of the book to people it is as if I am giving my child away to get married. The book is a collection of poems I wrote when I was experiencing the upside-down-inside-out-crazy-normal-quiet-loudness of being a teenager. This book is my journey in text.

Are there any poems or themes you’d love to revisit when you become a mother?
Definitely, when I am a mother I want to revisit the topic and idea of love. I have experienced love but never the love that a mother has for a child. I can only imagine how intense such a love is. Also, depending on the state of the world when I give birth, I am sure I will have to revisit my poems on politics. It’s bad enough living a corrupt world, but it is even worse knowing that your offspring is suffering at the cost of greed and evil.

How does your written poetry differ from your spoken word pieces?
I do not really think there is much of a difference between both forms. The only difference I can immediately think of is structure. When I write poems for the page, I have to pay attention to the structure, where I want words and the punctuation. However, when I write a Spoken Word piece, I do not really structure the poem or add punctuation because I know my mind would do that naturally.

Is there a dominant approach to your creative process or is each piece developed uniquely?
I think I approach every piece in its own unique way. When I create poems in my mind, I flip reality on its head. My mind births the abstract, filters dreams into reality and makes the reader question if there is a difference between the two. The world is a mysterious place, beyond what you and I know, and my poetry wants to demonstrate that. Also, in order to write I like there to be silence and I like to be alone.

What life experiences thus far have shaped you as a poet?
The biggest experience that shaped me as a poet was moving from the U.K to the U.S to pursue my degree. My transition made me a fish out of water. At first, I spent weeks, months, even, trying to work out how to breathe. The awkwardness of not knowing anyone, having an ocean separate you and your loved ones, drove me to pick up my pen in a way I have never done before. I have gone through isolation in the past, but this time I was not afraid of it. I connected with all that was lonely inside of me, all the little torn up pieces. I introduced my fragments to each other and then they weren’t so lonely after all. My best work has been produced ever since.

Literature lovers can get their hands on Ayisat at Lulu.com. So if you don’t have a copy click the link to see how you can get one, and if you do have a copy go ahead and get another for a friend.

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PRESS RELEASE: AROJAH ROYAL THEATRE PRESENTS AUGUST STRINDBERG’S “DANCE OF DEATH 1”

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Swedish playwright August Strindberg is set to make what could be his first ever appearance on the Nigerian theatre scene as Abuja based theatre outfit Arojah Royal Theatre is set to stage Dance of Death 1.

The two-part play is about a half-crazed married couple locked together in splenetic isolation. Edgar, a garrison captain (played by Toba Oyewale) and his wife Alice (played by Oluwaseun Odukoya), a thwarted actor, prepare to celebrate 25 years of married torment in the fortress they laughably call home. Half-starved and seething with contempt for everyone on the island, they fall with malign glee on Alice’s cousin, Kurt (played by Ebichi Promise) who arrives to be the new quarantine master. Since it was Kurt who brought them together, he becomes a weapon in their domestic warfare, as well as someone to confide in. But, contaminated by their viral passion, Kurt eventually beats a retreat leaving the pair in a state of exhausted reconciliation.

Courtesy of the Embassy of Sweden, Abuja, and Ericsson Nigeria, the play directed by Jibrin Ahmed will be scheduled to make a tour of tertiary institutions in Abuja: the University of Abuja, Nassarawa State University, Base University and the Nigerian Law School, Bwari, Abuja.

The premiere performance will be staged at the Abuja residence of the Ambassador of Sweden, Plot 41, T.Y. Danjuma street, Asokoro, Abuja on June 28, 2014 by 3.00pm and 5.30pm.

Speaking about the performance, artistic director of Arojah Royal Theatre Om’Oba Jerry Adesewo said: “This is just another of our effort (sic) in employing the theatre as a social force. It is called ‘Cultural Diplomacy Initiative’ and is intended to use theatre as a tool for cultural diplomacy”. He added that under this initiative Arojah Royal Theatre will include at least one or two foreign plays in its annual theatre season of 5-6 plays.

H.E. Mr. Svante Kilander who is a fan of August Strindberg expressed excitement about the opportunity of Nigerians experiencing Swedish theatre: “It will be great to see how Nigerian theatre lovers receive this play. I am particularly excited about this initiative of the Arojah Royal Theatre and African colouration that is to be given to this great play.”

More Photos From The First Night’s Performance of THE KILLING SWAMP

Earlier in the year we brought Ojo Adinoyi Onukaba’s riveting historical play The Killing Swamp to audiences in Abuja. Now you can relive the experience with photos from the lens of Timothy Aideloje (@jtimdal)

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Photos from the first night’s performance of The Killing Swamp, written by Ojo Onukaba and directed by Williams Obasi.