The weekend is here again and as usual the stage at Terra Kulture will be alive this Sunday as The Crowne Troupe of Africa performs exciting routines!
But first let’s give you a brief history of theatre in Nigeria. Nigerian theatre has its origins among the Yorubas of South Western Nigeria in the early 1940s. As expected, the early plays were performed entirely in Yoruba and combined mime, music, drumming and folklore to produce truly remarkable plays. In those days, professional troupes such as those of Hubert Ogunde, Kola Ogunmola and Duro Ladipo travelled from place to place performing their plays. Although some of these playwrights such as Kola Ogunmola exhibited Western influences in their plays, they leaned heavily on Yoruba oral tradition. Hence, they made generous use of praise poetry, songs, proverbs, and incantations. So theatre became not only an avenue for entertainment but also a tool for educating the younger generation.
Sadly, today, the culture of theatre is almost nonexistent. Many people, especially the younger generation, would rather watch movies and play video games than watch stage plays. The reasons for this are not farfetched. First, a lot of young people are not exposed to theatre in their early years. Another reason and by far the most important, is the lack of theatre facilities in Nigeria and Lagos in particular.
To reverse this trend, Theatre@Terra was initiated in 2005. So far, over 200 plays have been staged and the responses gotten confirmed the longing of many to see the culture of theatre thrive again. So in the same spirit of promoting Nigerian theatre, we will be hosting The Crown Troupe of Africa every Sunday this October. Get ready for an evening of entertainment as they thrill audiences with dance, drama, comedy and much more! There would also be performances from Footprints of David Art Academy (A children’s dance -theatre company and arts academy). It promises to be a worthwhile experience!
Dates: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th Oct, 2011 (Every Sunday in the month of October)
Venue: Terra Kulture, 1376 Tiamiyu Savage, Off Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Ticket Prices: Regular N2500 | Corporate N 5000
Time: Matinee at 3PM & Evening performance at 6PM
Ticket Outlets: Hub media, The Palms, Lekki, Lagos | Silverbird Galleria, 133, Ahmadu Bello way, Victoria Island, Lagos | Terra Kulture, 1376 Tiamiyu Savage Victoria Island, Lagos. See you there!