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.

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Photos from 1st Night’s Performance of THE KILLING SWAMP

Written by Adinoyi Ojo Onukaba and directed by Williams Obasi, The Killing Swamp thrilled audiences in Abuja for 2 consecutive nights at The French Institute of Nigeria, Abuja. Check out photos from the first night of performance. Photography by Timothy Aideloje of Jtimidal Photography (@Jtimdal).

Visit here, here, here and here, for more stories on the performance of The Killing Swamp

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Audience Reactions to THE KILLING SWAMP

Lindsey Tullolu said
Well done.

Peji and Linda Khan said
Very good play. Loved it.

Chima Edomob said
Original. Engaging. Keep doing what you are doing with passion.

Abah Odachi said
Wonderful play.

Chinansa Uwakwe said
A brilliant performance. With more props it would be greatly enhanced I enjoyed the message and believe their potential is without limits. Kudos!

Ogba Abah said
Wonderful play. Eye opening and the timing is perfect – with what’s happening in North-Eastern Nigeria. Change will come soon hopefully.

Dounia said
Thank you for that play!

Alice O’Reilly
Very powerful. I learnt a lot about Nigerian history. Really enjoyed myself, thank you!

Eve Naef said
It was a nice play. Keep it up!

Emmanuel said
A very good play, but I think Asabe should have added more “real” passion in terms of tears. It brought a new sight to the Saro-Wiwa story.

Tristan Fonlladosa said
Very enjoyable. Reminded of the many plays I watched in lagoon.

Olusegun Shoyombo said
An excellent performance.

Ndamchiri Muhammad said
Very good and well delivered play.

Chidozie Oba J. said
Interesting. A lot needs to be done in Niger Delta region for the injustice and degredation of the region

Golda Obi said
Very good acting, riveting and entertaining. Will certainly attend again.

Pa Tamba Ngom said
Excellent!

Williams Rebecca said
Drama was cool.

Williams Olaitan said
Really cool I look up to more of these.

Haaba said
Wonderful play.

Oliver Gainford said
Excellent. Really interesting re-imagining of Ken Saro-Wiwa’s last moments and great acting.

Oliver Dominic said
Want to see it again.

Doris Popoola said
Nice.

Angie said
Very fabulous.

Walter Okoye said
Fantastic acting.

Esther Peters
Lovely. Exceptional performance.

Valerie Bireloze said
That was a genuine, warm, wonderful show. Thank you.

AFRICAN RENAISSANCE THEATRE (A.R.T) HITS ABUJA WITH ANOTHER MIND BLOWING THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE

FEBRUARY 14, 2014.

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African Renaissance Theatre (A.R.T) presents a riveting stage performance of: The Killing Swamp, written by Adinoyi Ojo Onukaba and directed by Williams Obasi. Set to hit the stage in Abuja is an intriguing creative interpretation of the most unforgettable moment in the life of a Nigerian icon.

When? Friday, February 28th and Saturday, March 1st.
Where? French Institute of Nigeria, Abuja, off Aminu Kano Crescent (Beside Mr. Biggs), Wuse 2.
By? 7pm.
For? N2000 per ticket.

Tickets will be avilable at:
Dreams Recreational Park, beside Globacom office, Wuse 2, Abuja.
Garki Gazette, ground floor Eddy-Vic Hotel, Amadu Bello Way, Garki 2, Abuja.
Che Resturants & Bar at First Forty Hotel, Wuse 2, Abuja.
And also at the venue.
For enquiries call 0803644699, 08050810234, 08036207841 08182791789

ABOUT THE PLAY
Set in a clearing behind a prison in Port Hacourt, Rivers State, Nigeria, The Killing Swamp is an imaginative retelling of the final hours of Kenule Saro Wiwa – a visionary activist who ardently fought against the plundering of his people’s lives by a corrupt government and oil-exploring multinational companies. Sentenced to death on November 10, 1995, alongside eight colleagues, for the killing of four pro-government chiefs, Kenule must find the will to face death with the same courage with which he has life. But, even in death, life holds one more secret for Kenule. One more controversy. One more mystery, the unravelling of which could shatter his final passing from earth. The Killing Swamp was shortlisted for the 2010 LNG prize for literature.

ABOUT A.R.T
African Renaissance Theatre & Entertainment (A.R.T) is a new age performance arts movement coming to the world from Nigeria, West Africa. Born out of 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 diversity of talents, knowledge and skill to create things profound; things as socally productive as they are artistically divine.

PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY
French Institute, Nigeria (Abuja)
Garki Gazette
Cube TV
Elixir Entertainment
Patched Up Productions
Dreams Recreational Park
Che’ Restaurant & Bar
LOL! Magazine/Tv
Jtimdal Photography
VNT Concept

Guidelines to: The Seven Dictators Playwriting Competition

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by Mahmoud Mansi with assistance from Adrian Tawfik (Updated 1-6)

The World manages to surprise us with the unexpected, on the personal, political, ecological, economical, artistic and philosophical level.

Earth has been transforming rapidly, especially throughout the past five years, and these transformations are getting faster towards unknown destinies.

Many competitions and programs focus on the making of Democracy, Justice, and Equality. However, in this one we are focusing on the complete opposite extreme. We strongly believe that both sides of the coin, the light and the darkness, reality and fiction, do impact us strongly as philosophical artists.

We, the “The Forgotten Writers Foundation” from Egypt and “Democracy Chronicles” from New York, are honored to collaborate together to release “The Seven Dictators Play-writing Competition”:

Seven Dictators Guidelines:

* You can submit your work in two ways:

Either as: An individual writer with your name.

Or as: A theater-acting team, with the team/theater’s name, and the name of the team leader/representative.

* Write a play with a three-act structure ranging from 20 to 35 pages using seven characters of dictators that existed/still exist in the 21st Century, in any possible theme you may wish to put/gather them in.

* During the play, the playwright is free to be creative in any possible way (no limitations) to create their piece.

* The playwright is allowed to add up to three more anonymous characters (not real existing people).

* We expect the writers to reflect and discuss problems in our world through the chosen dictators, and anticipate the dictators’ feelings, thoughts and plans. We expect them to discuss problems that might have happened, still existing, and/or will exist.

* The idea of having seven dictators, is a way for highlighting the idea as a global phenomena, and not only focusing on one country.

* So we expect the writer to be diversified in intelligent in choosing the characters, and making the blend.

* You are free to choose any genre of horror, fantasy, politics, romance, or any other one.

* Dictators can be people who are non-politicians too. They can be actually in any field. Most Dictators as commonly defined by the society, are tyrants, but actually not all dictators are tyrants. However, we expect you in the very beginning, in the introduction of your play, to write two lines about each dictator you chose, in case he/she is not a very well recognized character worldwide.

* We expect the script to be unexpected, powerful, philosophical, and artistic, with sophisticated ideas, ideologies, beliefs, and settings. We simply ask you as the playwright to create a masterpiece in the realm of literature, something that was never written before, an invention!

* The winning plays will be published in a book under the name of the competition title, and some entries may be performed on stage.

* Do not mention your name inside the word document due to judging purposes.

* Plays should be submitted by email to: 7dictators@democracychronicles.com

* Please include in the email message these details; Your (Home Country, Resident Country, Address, Mobile Number, Profession, And a Bio of 100-150 Words)

* The deadline for all submissions is January 1, 2015.

Judging:

• The winning plays will be chosen on the degree of creativity and the novelty of the idea. Strange and unusual ideas are strongly recommended.

• The depth of the text, characters, places, scene etc.

• The metaphors and similes used.

• The beauty of the writing style and dialogues.

• The ending of the play and how powerful it is.

We strongly believe in you, we believe in this competition, and we believe you can be super inspired by what happened/happens/might happen in our world.

Announcing: The Seven Dictators Playwriting Competition.

All words and images via http://www.democracychronicles.com

3rd Night’s Performance Photos of “54 Silhouettes” in Abuja

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Listen to the radio version of 54 Silhouettes here or here.

More photos:
1st night’s performance photos of “54 Silhouettes” in Abuja.
2nd night’s performance photos off “54 Silhouettes” in Abuja.

2nd Night’s Performance Photos of “54 Silhouettes” in Abuja

Earlier this December, A.R.T thrilled audiences in Abuja with a riveting stage performance of double award winning play 54 Silhouettes at the French Institut of Nigeria. Now you can re-live the experience of the second night’s performance through the captivating photography of Timothy Aideloje of Jtimdal Photography (@jtimdal)

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Listen to the radio version of 54 Silhouettes here or here.

More photos:
1st night’s performance photos of “54 Silhouettes” in Abuja.
3rd night’s performance photos of “54 Silhouettes” in Abuja.

1st Night’s Performance Photos of “54 Silhouettes” in Abuja

Earlier this December, A.R.T thrilled audiences in Abuja with a riveting stage performance of double award winning play 54 Silhouettes at the French Institut of Nigeria. Now you can re-live the experience of the first night’s performance through the captivating photography of Timothy Aideloje of Jtimdal Photography (@jtimdal)

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Listen to the radio version of 54 Silhouettes here or here.

More photos:
2nd night’s performance photos of “54 Silhouettes” in Abuja.
3rd night’s performance photos of “54 Silhouettes” in Abuja.

Announcing Encore Performance of “54 Silhouettes”

We are delighted to announce that due to audience demands for an encore performance 54 Silhouettes will be hitting the stage once again today, Saturday 7th December at the French Institut, Wuse 2. Don’t miss out on the most creative show to hit Abuja in years!

Venue: French Institut, Wuse 2 (beside Mr. Biggs)
Date: Saturday, 7th December
Time: 7pm
Tickets: N2000

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Audience Feedback from the Second Night’s Performance of “54 Silhouettes”

Another night of performance. Another audience. Another great performance. Don’t miss the final night of 54 Silhouettes today at the French Institut, Wuse 2 (beside Mr. Biggs.). Meanwhile, here’s what our audience from the second night’s performance had to say about the play.

Chinelo Onwualu said,
“An excellent production. Great writing, acting and very professional. Very, very good job. Hopefully next time you’ll have sponsorship to better set.”

Stella Iyimoga said,
“Commendable. I really enjoyed it.”

Patrick Otoro said,
“Great job. Enjoyed it.”

Maureen Chima said,
“Wonderful play plus fantastic performance.”

Ifesinachi Ekwueme said,
“Thumbs up. Really uplifting.”

Odumuh Emmanuella O. said,
“The play and its production was mind-blowing, educating and entertaining throughout. This foundation should continue to grow because it will go beyond.”

Agboola Damilola said,
“Absolutely unexpected delivery. Creative. Obvious effort. Passion and hard work. This is pure success, the world won’t hear the last of it.”

Naomi A. said,
“A wonderful performance, just a little lapses.”

Angela Agbegir said,
“It was a wonderful performance. Great to see you guys on stage again, I’m impressed!!!”

Ohuabunwa Emilia said,
“Good play and I really enjoyed myself but the scene changing took sometime. Just keep up with the spirit of the arts, because its in you guys.”

Bankole Tokunbo said,
“Such a wonderful experience, every scene was catching.”

Walter Okoye said,
“Fantastic show.”

India Chidimma Kalu said,
“Very interesting, I really enjoyed myself. Keep it going.”

Joseph Ibeh said,
“Wonderful performance. I wish more sponsors come in and move this to its right place.”

Mariam Momodu said,
“Fabulous performance. I like the director, reminds me of Ari Gold in Entourage.”

Toyosi Giwa said,
“Compelling. Engaging. Some scenes too long.”

Ndubisi Ekwueme said,
“Very good. More sponsors, awareness, perseverance and a bigger and more expressive stage will move actors and new plays.”

Greg Odogwu said,
“The guys are good. Intensity. Very good portrayals, perfect technicals. Needs more work.”

Allison Hubbert said,
“A very interesting play.”

Hibbert Keni said,
“Nice script. Wonderful presentation. Had fun watching.”

Mrs. Joy Ebichi Ndimele said,
“A very wonderful show. Thumbs up guys.”

Mr. Okechukwu Ndimele said,
“Excellent.”

Aigbefo Charity said,
“Whoa! I love every bit of it. Giving Africa its proper place. Though funny but effective performance.”

Teju Olashoju Dapson said,
“I’m so much impressed. Learnt so much from it.”

Stephanie said,
“Awesome.”

Kosy said,
“Lovely. Great acting.”

Anne Daniels said,
“Interesting and creative, never could be better.”

Abdul Y. said,
“Perfect.”

Mr. Charles James Ebichi said,
“I really enjoyed the play and wish to watch it again and again.”

Gen Tayo said,
“Excellent.”

Evagreen said,
“Awesome.”

Doofan Lois Ierkpen said,
“Satisfactory.”

Listen to the radio version of 54 Silhouettes here or here.