Daily Trust (Abuja)

10 February 2013

Nigeria: Arojah Opens Theatre Season With Adigun's 'Call for Me My Osheni'

Vibrant Abuja-based theatre outfit Arojah Royal Theatre will be showcasing Seyi Adigun's debut play "Call for Me My Osheni" to kick off the theatre season on February 14th.

The play, directed by Adesewo Fayaman Bay, is a sing-song-drama that poetically engages the contemporary issue of HIV/AIDS from a very emotive perspective. It will run through February.It is penned by poet and medical doctor Seyi Adigun, earstwhile Chair of the Abuja branch of the Association of Nigerian Authors.

"We are excited to present a season of intrigue and suspense mixed with family friendly and people oriented productions. With theatre we shall continue to tell stories that bridge our exposure and understanding of the fascinating world around us, as well as those that speaks to the myriad of issues and challenges facing us as a people," Mr Jerry Adesewo, head of the theatre group.

Arojah's theatre season will continue with Onukaba Adinoyi Ojo's play, Ssoommaalliiya which will grace the stage in March as part of activities marking the 2013 International Theatre Day celebration in Abuja and will run through to the end of April at differnt locations in the capital. The play shows how war induced hardship and desperation can force a proud and beautiful people to assume unspeakable roles.

This will be followed by the launch in June of The Abuja Children Theatre Initiative (ACTIn) with the production of a stage adaptation of Nzekwu Onuora's classic, Eze Goes to School, to celebrate the Day of the African Child 2013, with the aim of drawing attention to quality and accessible education as a basic right for every Nigerian child and the role that theatre can play in achieving same.

And in August, Emmanuel Edegri will direct Ahmed Yerima's Tuti, a family delight and story of a father's dying wish to redeem himself in the eyes of his daughter. It is a window into the rotten underbelly of the church, riddled with greed, corruption, hypocrisy and competition, a statement signed by Mr. Adesewo said.

There are also plans to debut The Abuja International Theatre Festival between October/November 2013 featuring six plays, which would include two virgin plays selected from the playwriting competition preceeding the festival.

The 2013 theatre season will include a mobile theatre project which will see the group execute a mini theatre season; taking theatre to schools and bringing young Nigerians to the theatre in theatre education programme.

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