Every Sunday in July is Theatre day
Davidhouse Multimedia Limited, promoters of Live Theatre on Sunday has announced Wole Soyinka’s King Baabu, Dapo Adelugba’s, That Scoundrel Suberu and Adelarin Awotedu’s What Men Want for her 2015 Inaugural Theatre Season which will take place every Sundays in July at the Unity Centre, 28, Isaac John Street, Ikeja GRA, Ikeja, and on Ramadan Monday, July 20, 2015 at Terra Kulture, Tiamiyu Savage Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The need for resurgence in the appreciation of the theatre arts inspired the Live Theatre on Sunday project which started in 2008. Live Theatre on Sunday have worked with notable talents in the Nigerian entertainment industry such as Yinka Davies, Gabriel Afolayan, Omoye Uzamere,Matse Uwatse, Igos, Omonor Somolu, Ego, Taiwo Ajai-Lycett (OON), Toyin Oshinnaike, OC Ukeje, Omoye Uzamere Brown, Marcy Dolapo Oni, Bimbo Akintola, Nedu, Manny, Ben Ogbeiwi, Igos – the Prince of Wazobia 95.1, Abiodun Kassim etc in plays by Wole Soyinka, Dapo Adelugba, Femi Osofisan, Zulu Sofola, Ola Rotimi and scores of new Nigerian playwrights.
This July, drama enthusiasts will be served to a plethora of amazing theatre presentation including Wole Soyinka’s King Baabu, an African epic which traces the rise and fall of a vicious dictator. It’s obviously a story many Nigerians can relate with. Adapted from the play – Ubu Roi by Alfred Jarry, Soyinka has employed much humour to place the action in an African context, characterizing the despotism and lust for power of an African ruler who he calls BASHA BASH (a name which perhaps is easy to confuse with that of the last Nigerian military dictator Abacha).
The play chronicles the debauched rule of General Basha Bash who takes power in a coup and exchanges his general’s uniform for a robe and crown re-christening himself King Baabu. In the manner of Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi, Soyinka develops a special childish language for his cast of characters who have names like Bibabae, Potipoo and General Uzi. Weaving together burlesque comedy, theatrical excess and storytelling, King Baabu has already been coined as a pet name for Africa’s despot par excellence Robert Mugabe. Generally, ‘King Baabu’, a naked satire on the use of power and jumped-up officialdom, is a parody of Africa’s past and present dictators.
King Baabu is directed by Toyin Oshinnaike, who is assisted by Ajibola Fashola. The cast of the play includes Toritseju Ejoh, Tessy Brown, Ahide Adum, Femi Durojaiye, Bola Akinde, Seun Kentebe, Fakunle Olarotimi, Kalu George, Emmanuel Nwaodu, Segun Dada, Kevin Osato Umweni, Okechukwu Egbemuche, Tunbosun Shadare, Franklin Bob-Chike and is
Late Professor Emeritus, Dapo Adelugba authored That Scoundrel Suberu which is an adaptation of Moliere’s That Scoundrel Scapin. The play which premiered in 1966 at the Arts Theatre, University where it was put up by Dramatic Society of Ibadan, is a tale of love, parental control and hidden agendas. The central character, Suberu is a crafty, witty old butler who becomes the orbit of the love affairs between Segun and Adora and Wole and Simibiatu simultaneously. Coming a few steps behind Cupid, Suberu is not only a joiner of hearts but also a registrar of marriages, who makes wedding dreams come true, despite overwhelming hindrances. The play features Samsideen Adesiyan who also directs the play. The cast include Sotonye Amachree, Tayo Akusu, Owumi Ugbeye, Martin Iwuagbu, Gideon Oluwamonure, Charles Etubiebi, Emeka Nwachukwu and Shola Adenugba.
Many issues face the modern day man but what does man really want that makes the world such a serious place. What makes a man leave all he has achieved in search of a new visage? This is the question that Adelarin Awotedu seeks to uncover in What Men Want which parades Rita Edwards and MaryAnn Eziekwe and is directed by Abiodun Kassim.
Live Theatre on Sunday is produced by Adenugba Oluwanishola, a brand director with Nigeria’s number one creative advertising Agency, DDB Lagos, for Davidhouse Multimedia. MTN, Nigeria’s Telecom giant, and AfricaMagic are the proud headline sponsors of these productions which is also supported by Virgin Atlantic Airways, Daviva Textiles, 95.1 Wazobia FM, 96.9 COOL FM ,99.3 Nigeria Info, 360Nobs.com, 99.9 Beat FM, 102.7 Naija FM, Fuse NG, EbonyLifeTV, Bella Naija, YNaija, 98.1 SmoothFM, Red Media Africa, RomanceMeetsLife, Tumalad Photography, Maestro Media, WanaWana, eStarTV, eGistonline, TheNetNG and City People Magazine are also sponsors of the show
Tickets to the shows are available online at www.livetheatreonsunday.info, www.naijaticketshop.com and at TerraKulture, Tiamiyu Savage Street, Victoria Island at N2,000 and N5,000 respectively. Buy a ticket to the any of the shows and you could win a return ticket to London courtesy of Virgin Atlantic Airways. Kindly follow, Live Theatre on Sunday @livetiataonsun on Twitter and @Livetheatreonsunday on Instagram for more information.