“THE WIVES” opens Today @ Muson Centre

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The Play will definitely be worth your time & money.
The play focuses on the intriguing character called Chief Theophilus Gbadegeshin Olowookere, his sister and his three wives, Angela, Cecilia and Tobi.
“In The Wives, the question of ‘Whether a man keep his most cherished secrets forever?’ is the central theme of the play. There lies a sordid little secret and no one wants to talk about it. It is a dark comedy rich in sensuality and scathing humour.”

Starring : Joke Silva, Kate Henshaw, Jide Kosoko, Iretiola Doyle, Lala Akindoju, Toyin Oshinnaike and Debola Williams.

Full Schedule below;

Date: Thursday 9th ( Today ), Friday 10th ( Tomorrow) & Saturday 11th October 2014
Venue: Agip Recital Hall Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos

Date: Friday 10th October 2014
Time: 7PM
Venue: Agip Recital Hall Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos

Date: Saturday 11th October 2014
Time: 3PM & 6PM (Command Performance)
Venue: Agip Recital Hall Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos

Ticket Prices
Regular: N5000
VIP: N7,500

Tickets available at Terra Kulture for bulk tickets and group bookings please call /text 08026881046 or send an e-mail to admin@tmihp.com

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

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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 First Night Performance of “54 Silhouettes” in Abuja

The first night of performance of 54 Silhouettes was a blast! Our love goes out to everyone who came out to share the passion of theatre with us. Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow. Here’s the feedback we got from the audience after the first night.

Otun Ayopo said,
“Nice stage play (act). Projection was on point. So also the various languages were well put. Awesome play!!!”

Patrick David said,
“One word, wowed!!!”

Precious Ubani said,
“Wow! A very nice script interpretation, stage presence. Most of all I love the diction and wit. You guys rock. Glad I came to see this.”

Comedy said,
“Nice act. Use microphones next time.”

Abah Odachi said,
“Great play.”

Mustapha Rafiu said,
“Very amazing and awesome performance. Never expected to get such talents. Very impressive.”

Rabi Usman said,
Awesome performance! Loved it!”

Mairo Tijani said,
“Love the storyline. Nice individual acts, stage setting. Hmmm!”

Oliver Gainford said,
“Excellent! Really interesting idea – self interest and public. Great acting.”

Moses Audu said,
“Really lively play.”

Aiyegbusi Demilade said,
“Realistic and interesting performance. Thumbs up to all the participants.”

Kayode Aiyegbusi said,
“Great play. Great acting – we need more of this.”

Nwosu Chidozie Kingsley said,
“Good.”

Nwosu Iheoma Nkem said,
“Interesting.”

Chizzy said,
“The characters of 54 Silhouettes are very good. African Renaissance Theatre keep it up and bring a change.”

Arthur Victor said,
“Good. Well played.”

M.O.G Ogugua Felix said,
“Cool and nice performance.”

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

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This December in ABUJA! Double award winning play “54 Silhouettes” LIVE ON STAGE!

Venue: French Institut, Wuse 2, Abuja (Beside Mr. Biggs)
Date: Thursday 5th & Friday 6th December
Time: 6pm (pre-show entertainment), 7pm (main show)
Tickets: N2000