- Posted by Team Superwoman
- On May 4, 2014
THE STORY OF THE OPENING NIGHT: STAGE ALIVE (PORT HARCOURT) PROJECT.
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The Opening Night of the Stage Alive (Port Harcourt) project on April 6th, 2014 bore an important significance as it was staged just ten days after the World Theatre Day (WTD), and, by extension, reflected the poignant essence of the message by Brett Bailey for WTD 2014.
The much expected event held in a marquee venue christened “The Arena”: a name which largely informed the tag of the show- “Theatre @ the Arena”. Observably, this issued a welcome attraction for theatre lovers- who looked forward to seeing an “Arena theatre” where members of the audience would sit around the stage to enjoy the simple eclectic offerings of drama on show in a central play space in close similitude to the configurations of theatre at its earliest origins in the 5th century BC.
Nonetheless, members of the audience admitted to being treated to optimum viewing satisfaction- even with performances set in proscenium style (with the audience viewing from the frontal end only).
As the opening night of something novel, the event also registered strong impressions with the recognition of distinguished playwrights and dramatists. In the consideration of the organizers, certain authors of drama were deserving of awards for eminent and world-renown works of literature published, in some cases, many decades ago with controlling plots deriving from everyday life in and the social currents of Port Harcourt (and Rivers State).
Two posthumous awards, one for the late Prof Ola Rotimi and the other for the late Prof Esiaba Irobi, as well as four other distinguished writer’s awards, presented to such legends as Mr Miesoinuma Minima (King Jaja, Odum Egege), Prof Henry Leopold Bell-Gam (for Orukoro, King Jaja of Opobo), Prof (Mrs) Juliana Okoh (The Mask, Trials) and Chief Captain Elechi Amadi (Isiburu, Peppersoup). The presentation of awards, notwithstanding, the audience was treated to the enactment of two dramatic monologues- Ask the Almighty and Infinite Wickedness- written and directed by Tayo Isijola, as appetizers to the main presentation of the night- Peppersoup by Elechi Amadi.
Some parts of the audience attested to the fact that the two monologues offered them a breathtaking theatre experience and afforded them the utmost delight; while some others, described the entire night as adequately engaging and entirely refreshing. This abiding feeling was, in fact, largely evident in the expressions on the faces of the audience with Pepersoup hitting the stage.
After the house lights came on, Captain Elechi Amadi, the very esteemed playwright of the opening night’s main drama, addressed the audience and expressed his delight at having them find time to view the play.
The Creative Director of Spur on Stage (Tayo Isijola), in his appreciation speech to guests and attendees duly noted a few challenges, which marginally tainted the presentation’s final outlook- stating that these had been noted for proper adjustments in view of future outings, if for the sake of attracting bigger audiences and more lucrative patronage.
So far, all is now set for the next show in the courtesy of the second impression of Stage Alive Project. In the month of May, the monthly live theatre brand of Spur on Stage Ltd for the Stage Alive (Port Harcourt) Projects will officially become Sunday in Theatre. This is obviously due to an inevitable change in venue to a bigger, better, safer and more convenient location. Away from the marquee called “The Arena” our monthly live theatre show will now hold at the Atlantic Hall of Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt. Aside the small matter of technical and artistic convenience, the new venue looks to accommodate a larger audience whilst offering a more spacious and more secure parking facility. For the optimum pleasure of the family, Hotel Presidential remains the preferred event place.
At the moment, rehearsals and preparations have hit top gear for the play Nerves- written by Emmanuel Emasealu (a Professor of Directing- University of Port Harcourt), directed by Tayo Isijola and starring Ovunda Ihunwo and Tessy Brown- scheduled for Sunday in Theatre on Sunday, May 18th 2014 by 5pm at the Atlantic Hall, Hotel presidential Port Harcourt as the second episode of the Stage Alive Project (Sunday in Theatre)
It promises to be an astounding night of theatre experience.
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