Do you live on the Lagos mainland? Been looking for regular theatre events near you? Look no more because Theatre on the Mainland has got you covered.
Theatre on the mainland is set up to promote the richness of Nigerian art and establish live theatre as major source of entertainment on Lagos mainland. With over 100 performances since inception in January 2013, and production of exclusive stage plays every month, we stand as the most consistent theatre and original stage content production company in Lagos.
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If you missed your chance to watch the stage play Itan at the Lagos Theatre Festival a few weeks ago, listen up cos you’re in luck! Thespian Family Theatre & Productions will be showing Itan this Easter.
ÌTÀN (the Story), staged by THESPIAN Family Theatre & Productions, is an intriguing play laced with both cultural and contemporary dance and music, based on cross-generational conflicts prevalent in our modern day world.
‘Old school, die-hard’ village elder, Pa Latinwo, is shocked to realise that his lost and found ‘city roller-coaster’ grandson, Dee-Kay, wants no part in his world. Both rooted in their beliefs, they battle for supremacy for themselves and their generations. TIME (personified as Àsìkò) catches up with them and takes them on a journey into the past and future. They discover dark secrets that have been shrouded by the veil of time. Will this mediation save the day or tear both worlds further apart?
Date: Saturday & Sunday, 26 & 27 March 2016 Time: 3 PM & 6 PM daily Venue: AGIP Recital Hall, MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos Tickets: Regular: N5,000; Students (with ID): N1,500; VIP: N10,000; Premium: N25,000
*Tickets available at the door and at NaijaTicketShop
When Ifeoma Fafunwa’s Hear Word first opened, something new hit the Nigerian theatre scene. The same thing happened when Bolanle Austen-Peters produced Nigeria’s high-flying musical, Saro. The markets and stages buzzed with monologues by Bimbo Akintola, Elvina Ibru, Kate Henshaw, Joke Silva amongst several other giants; while MUSON played host to a musical with a difference, featuring Gideon Okeke, Patrick Diabuah, Paul Alumona, Adesuwa Etomi and a host of dazzling performers. A new era had berthed.
Bolanle and Ifeoma have been consistent and have pushed the frontiers a bit further each time. No wonder Bolanle went further to produce Saro II and, most recently, the exceptionally brilliant Wakaa the musical, directed by her. Ifeoma had spent the same amount of time developing talents, mentoring actors and creating a female community of storytellers and performers. Both these women are directors, both strong voices and brilliant producers who understand the need for raising the bar in an industry they cherish. The women of the Nigerian theatre industry seem to be taking over the ship, with a keen sense of direction.
While I was screaming my lungs out, celebrating the feat of Ifeoma Fafunwa with a Nigerian story, in our language and with our finest female performers educating Harvard and Yale audience members, another one blew me away – Wakaa the musical makes a grand entry at London’s West end, telling another Nigerian story, the Nigerian way.
Nigerian theatre has survived hard times and has come of age. No doubt, the standard has been raised much higher, for this time around the performances will be by Nigeria’s finest. This is not the first time Nigerian theatre will show on a foreign stage, but this is the first time we understand the intent and this is the first time our strongest voices speak all at once. This is the first time the stage has been set this high as the world watches.
So if you will be in London for the most part of August this year, go and see Wakaa the musical. And if you want to know firsthand what Harvard and Yale think about Nigerian theatre, don’t be told, Ifeoma Fafunwa has got you covered.
In the month of Love, Wazobia Theatre presents the play Ugomma. Ugomma is stuck, trapped in a loveless marriage while in love with another man. What will be the result of this love triangle? How far will Ugomma go for the sake of love?
Ugomma is written and produced by Ikenna Jude Okpala (writer of Alejo and Dear Country) and stars Silvia Oko-Oboh as Ugomma.
Date: Every Sunday in February Time: 3 PM & 6 PM Venue: Terra Kulture, Tiamiyu Savage Street, Victoria Island, Lagos
First launched in 2012, British Council’s Lagos Theatre Festival is back this February. This year, First Bank PLC partners with British Council through its First@arts initiative to bring about the festival, which promises to be the biggest outdoor theatre event in Nigeria.
The six-day festival is scheduled to run from 23 to 28 February 2016 at venues across Lagos Island and on the mainland. Tickets will be available at Naija Ticket Shop, DealDey and Terra Kulture from 1 February 2015.