Live Theatre on Sunday announces Belong presentation for Easter for celebrations

Posted: March 24, 2014 in general

Theatre arts in Nigeria advocacy group, the Live Theatre on Sunday, at a media parley held at the Federal Palace Hotel last weekend announced the production of the play, “Belong,” for the maiden edition of her Easter Showcase presentations.

According to the Director of the play, Tosan Ugbeye, the play Belong is an ideal Easter treat for theatre lovers. It was written by Bola Agbaje who is a United Kingdom based Nigerian playwright and winner of the 2008 Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliated theatre.

The play will be showcased for three days starting from the 18th to 20th April, 2014 at the Federal Palace Hotel, Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island by 2pm, 5pm and 7pm respectively.

Ugbeye assured audiences of a thrilling theatre performance that they haven’t seen in recent times saying, they will be treated to the diverse antics of a rich dramatic presentation featuring some of Nigeria’s finest thespians and celebrities including the Vetran actor, Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Bimbo Akintola, Tunji Sotimirin, Toyin Oshinnaike, OC Ukeje, Dolapo Oni, Opeyemi Dada and Emeka Nwachukwu.

The vibe at the Press Conference was laid-back but friendly, as the cast and crew led by Tosan Ugbeye and Oluwanishola Adenugba, the Producer of the play, fielded questions from the Press.

Ugbeye explained that, the play “Belong” is, to all intents and purposes, a light comedy about identity, stations in life and politics.

“The drama starts out in the London with Kayode Toyin Oshinnaike and Rita Dolapo Oni. The couple is at a low point after moody Kayode has failed in his attempts to achieve election to Parliament after an embarrassing Twitter episode, a theatrical first that will assuredly not be a last.

“As if the depression isn’t enough for a man who has sacrificed his career to misguided allegations about the racism of his equally Black political opponent, comes Bimbo Akintola’s Fola, the first of a pair of truly overpowering Nigerian women, Her job is to sell the country to émigrés and persuade them to come back “home”. And she carries it out with the kind of fearsome relish that makes refusal almost impossible.

“Against his wife’s wishes, Kayode decides to take a reflective break to visit his Mama, portrayed by Taiwo Ajayi-Lycett. Mama has semi-adopted a former “area boy” Kunle played by OC Ukeje, and is trying to turn him into a local politician with a brief to modernize and remove corruption.

“The African curse is embodied in the wolfish person of Chief Olowolaye played by Tunji Sotimirin, looking uncannily like Eddie Murphy in Coming to America but behaving more like a Nigerian relative of The Godfather.

The 75 minute-long play tells of the challenges of being a diasporian, deals with love, and explores the theme of gained and missed opportunities. It also questions the notions of identity as many people go through life questioning where they truly belong.

Live Theatre on Sunday” according to Adenugba is an “avant-garde theatre project inspired by the resurgence in the appreciation of the theatre arts which started since 2008. The objective of the project, he said is to “present spectacular stage play performances on topical issues, thus contributing significantly to the revival of this art form in our society.”

He noted also that, the series has previously featured notable talents in the Nigerian entertainment industry such as Yinka Davies, Gabriel Afolayan, Matse Uwatse, Igos, Omonor Somolu, Ego and so on in many productions including J.P. Clark’s “Song of a Goat”, “The Wives’ Revolt”, Ola Rotimi’s Our Husband Has Gone Mad Again, Grip Am, Man Talk Woman Talk and most recently, Zulu Sofola’s The Wizard of Law, Wole Soyinka’s The Trials of Brother Jero and Adebola Ogunshina’s Konkortion.

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