I am just too excited. Anyone who knows me know how passionate i am about the arts and this weekend the British council will be showing four plays at Freedom Park in Lagos Island as part of the the Lagos Theatre Festival which is in its second year.
Last year i got to see Inua Ellams’ 14th Tale which was not only innovative but really good. This time around the plays are inspired by the city of Lagos and will also be performed in what has been described as unconventional spaces. So taking the audience out of the comfort zone of a room or the theatre space itself.
I’m also one of the partners at the festival and so got the opportunity to moderate the a panel that included veteran actress Joke Silva, Playwright Professor Ahmed Yerima, actress/producer Bikiya Graham-Douglas and David Evans of the National theatre in Wales on the relevance of theater in urban cities. I also hosted the Launch. So this weekend, it is all about the performances. What really is exciting about this for me is the return to form where we are really experiencing performance without the pomp and pagentry of set design high tech screens. I am also eager to experience how the directors work with interesting spaces.
Here is all the information below. See you at Freedom park
4Plays, Fringes & Exhibition
Lagos will experience theatre like never before. Come see 4Plays, Fringe Shows and Exhibitions at the 2014 Lagos Theatre Festival by the British Council. It’s the largest ever outdoor theatre festival to take place in the city. Part theatrical experience, part real life and part city journey, the festival will transform historic Freedom Park, a public space born out of the ruins of a colonial prison and reconstructed to preserve the history and cultural heritage of Nigeria Theatre in non theatrical/ unconventional spaces
Date: February 28th – March 2nd, 2014
Venue: Freedom Park, Hospital Road, Behind Saint Nicholas Hospital, Old Prison Road, Lagos Island, Lagos
Queen of the Night: 3:15pm & 6:15pm (daily)
Make We Waka: 2pm, 4pm and 6pm (daily)
Diagnosis: 2:15pm & 5:15pm (daily)
Waiting for a Lottery: 3pm & 5pm (daily)
Admission: N2, 500
For reservations or enquiries, call 08107803938. Exhibitor spaces are still available.
Tickets available on jumia.com.ng, naijaticketshop.com, afriticket.com and Terra Kulture