Category: literature

Sub category: play, drama, theatre

Title: Phèdre (alt: Phaedra)

Author: Jean Baptiste Racine

About: Phaedra, wife of Theseus, king of Athens, step-mother to Hippolytus. Seeded deep in Phaedra’s heart is a dark secret: an uncontrollable love, lust even, which she has for her step-son Hippolytus. When word arrives Athens that Theseus has died at the war front, Phaedra seizes the opportunity to feed her desire and confesses to Hippolytus her passion for him. Hippolytus spurns her. But that is least of Phaedra’s worries because word reaches Athens once again that Theseus is actually alive and making his way back home. And Hippolytus wishes to speak with his father, urgently.

Thoughts: written during the French renaissance, this is one of the most heart-rending, thought-provoking plays you will ever read. A true renaissance classic. Available for free in most online libraries (if you can’t find it in a bookshop). Readers may be unfamiliar with historical and cultural references so don’t be shy to research for clarity where necessary.

Define: Renaissance


\ˌre-nə-ˈsän(t)s, -ˈzän(t)s, -ˈsäⁿs, -ˈzäⁿs, ˈre-nə-ˌ, chiefly British ri-ˈnā-sən(t)s\
Usage: often attributive
1 capitalized
a : the transitional movement in Europe between medieval and modern times beginning in the 14th century in Italy, lasting into the 17th century, and marked by a humanistic revival of classical influence expressed in a flowering of the arts and literature and by the beginnings of modern science
b : the period of the Renaissance
c : the neoclassic style of architecture prevailing during the Renaissance
2 often capitalized : a movement or period of vigorous artistic and intellectual activity
3 : rebirth, revival
the 19th-century literary renaissance that prompted people to refer to Boston as the Athens of America
Origin: French, from Middle French, rebirth, from Old French renaistre to be born again, from Latin renasci, from re- + nasci to be born — more at nation.
First use: 1845
Synonyms: golden age, belle epoque
Antonyms: dark age

Welcome to The Renaissance!

African Renaissance Theatre & Entertainment Ltd. (A.R.T), the brainchild of young Nigerian artists, is an artistic initiative developed out of a deep love, respect and undying passion for the arts.

This eclectic-electric arts movement, conceived in 2010 and founded in 2012, is laid upon the foundations of a simple idea: the belief that this generation of young Nigerians can come together with diverse knowledge, talent and capabilities, and do things profound. Things beautiful! Things as economically productive as they are artistically divine.

The arts, without a doubt, provides a fertile buffet for this to be achieved. A new golden age of Nigerian and African arts beams at the horizon. A.R.T has set its course for that destination. Will you approach it with us?
Primarily a performing arts movement, we nonetheless give total dedication and bring acute efficiency to activities and projects that cut across all forms of arts & entertainment. All arts are intertwined branches on the tree of creativity and expression.
The A.R.T vision is to see to the revival of moribund arts/entertainment industries, the sustenance and further development of those that thrive and continuous innovation of all, with Nigeria as the artistic heart of the continent. We believe in:
New ways of thinking!
New methods of action!
New explorations of expression!
New structures for productivity!
We aim to create an environment unique to the societal structure of Nigeria that is economically viable for the arts while sustaining artistic value of our culture.
We aim to provide a platform for and support communal interaction at the artistic, business and cultural level, nationally and globally.
It is our hope, our dream that this, more than achieving it for you, will be achieved WITH you. It is with great honour then that A.R.T invites you to join the Renaissance! Man is confined only by the limits of his imagination. How limitless is yours?
The movement has begun.


The A.R.T team.