By Akinyoade Akinwale,So we now live in the jet age where everything is computerized or has been modernized. Gone are the days when theaters where the places visited to have a good time out or watch a good stage play. Not many people understand the technicalities involved in bringing together a good stage play. I have to confess though that I am a part of this guilty group as I did not have much interest in the theater of stage plays until I had to offer it as a course.
Saturday December 7, 2013
Saturday December 7, 2013
The average Nigerian student would look down on a fellow student studying creative arts or as in some cases it is referred to as performing or theater arts in universities. We all collectively as a whole see them as a bunch of jobless people with nothing better to do or those that have been frustrated by the admission system in Nigeria to have had no other choice than to settle for such a course. Well, I have to say that I now have a rethink as I now have a better understanding of the situation.
The culture of stage play and performances has to be encouraged especially among the youths in order to revive this essential dying culture.
Nothing beats watching a play acted out right in front of you live as compared to just watching from a screen, although the cinema has been good and still progressing if half the attention paid to it can be diverted into the development of the theater and thespians are encouraged, the two can work hand in hand to give us a sustainable economy. Just to imagine the number of young people that will suddenly have gainful employments and not just that but also the number of raw and untapped talent that could be discovered. America has a good movie industry but that has in no way has it forgotten Broadway which is one of the most respected performing platform in the world. Let us promote the performing arts in the youths who have interest in them and not see them as jobless or worthless fellows with no better ambition and believe you me, our nation will be better off for it.
Talking about theater productions, I read the other day that The Thespian Family Theatre, a theatre production house, would be blazing the stage with their latest production titled "Mad King of Ijudiya" with seasoned actors like Joke Silva, Akin Lewis, Nedu of Wazobia FM, Paul Adams, Shaffi Akinrimisi, Michael Odiachi, Inna Eriza and and a host of others, and will be staged at Agip Hall, Muson Centre. Basically, the idea behind the play, from what I have read, is to usher Nigerians into the new year with a Happy Ending of 2013. It will be staging at Muson Centre, Onikan Lagos, on the 21st, 22nd, 28th and 29th of December 2013; with two shows, at 3pm and 6pm respectively.
The play was written by Ayo Jaiyesimi and directed by Abiola Segun Williams.
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