29 November 2012

Gambia: Ebunjan Theatre Set to Celebrate Anniversary

It has been an inspiring year since Ebunjan Theatre opened its doors on 17 December 2011, to reveal a unique structure, for talented actors, aimed at promoting the theatre industry of the country.

Ebunjan Theatre Troupe will in the evening of Friday, 30th November 2012 celebrate its one year anniversary in a colorful way at the Theatre's edifice in Kanifing, the director of the Ebunja Performing Arts Association revealed. The anniversary will be celebrated with hilarious comedy and serious historical drama entitled 'Us and Them' and 'The Kora: A Mystical Strings of The Gambia.' 'Us and Them' is written by a British playwright, David Compton; while 'The Kora: A Mystical Strings of The Gambia,' is a play written by Janet Badjan-Young.

'The Kora: Mystical Strings of The Gambia' is set in one of the sacred forests of The Gambia, with an intriguing blend of dialogue, dance and the melody of the Kora. According to the story line, it is a fascinating story of a man destined to make history with an instrument globally acclaimed as comparable to the Egyptian Harp. It as well revealed how the Kora, which is a Gambian national musical instrument, was introduced to The Gambia. In addition it is a love story told with dialogue and enhanced by the quivering and melodious strings of the Kora.

However, the 'Us and Them' comedy show examines negative human feelings of prejudice, mistrust and insecurity, which create barriers to a simple and productive way of life. Cast of young Gambian actors newly trained by Ebunjan Theatre Troupe will act these two drama. The occasion will also witness the graduation ceremony of 11 Gamjobs/UNDP-sponsored students who have completed a nine-month training programme in Performing Arts.

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