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.

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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New Promo Photos for THE KILLING SWAMP

We’re getting closer to performance and it’s the perfect time to release some new promotional photos for our upcoming performance of The Killing Swamp.

Written by Ojo Onukaba and directed by Williams Obasi, The Killing Swamp is an imaginative re-telling of the last hours of Nigerian icon Kenule Saro Wiwa. The play was shortlisted in the 2010 NLNG Prize for Literature.

Let us know what you think!

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Official press release for A.R.T’s upcoming performance of Ojo Onukaba’s The Killing Swamp.
First promotional photos for A.R.T’s upcoming performance of Ojo Onukaba’s The Killing Swamp.

1st Promo Photos for “The Killing Swamp”

Hey there theatre lovers!

Ahead of our upcoming performance of Ojo Onukaba’s The Killing Swamp, we are happy to release the first promotional photos from director Williams Obasi’s production. Check ’em out and be on the lookout for more.

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Date: 28 February and 1 March.
Venue: French Institute of Nigeria, (Beside Mr. Biggs) Wuse 2, Abuja, Nigeria.
Time: 7pm.
Tickets: N2000.

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

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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