Something peculiar always seems to affect me whenever I watch a rendition of one of Soyinka’s classics. Suddenly I’m thrown back to days in the theatre at U.I. and so much of the hidden context of his work seems to ooze out.
Watching the “Trials of brother Jero” and “Jero’s metamorphosis” at the final showing of Thetare @ Terra’s annual Soyinka Harvest, I was once again pleasantly spirited away to the mind of an amazing story teller.
It would be wrong to forget those who so graciously brought the stage play to life, first I must lift my hat to Mr. Kenneth Uphopho (Director) who has helped ensure that this umpteenth retelling of a pillar of African theatre is not another bore fest. To the contrary, I felt as though I was watching it for the very first time. The cast was very well put together, and the apex of the night was the rendition of the evergreen Brother Jeroboam played “too well” by Patrick Diabuah, Paul Alumonah’s – “Chume” also resonated with the audience.
All in all these 2 dimensional proofs of the evening do not do it enough justice, alas these will have to suffice.
Full credit list: Kenneth Uphopho (Director), Brenda Uphopho (Producer),Ik Okpala/ Chibuzor Okafor (Technical), One House Lighting (Lights), Michael Okorie (Stage Manager). CAST – Patrick Diabuah (Bro Jeroboam), Paul Alumona (Bro Chume), Bola Haastrup (Amope), Jennifer Osamor (CEO), Awele Dekpe (Sis Rebecca), Michael Okorie (Old Prphet/Ananias), Odia Thomas (Bro Shadrach), Deola Shinaba (Sis Martha), Seun Kentebe (Caleb/Minister), Debbie Ohiri (Fish seller), Odenike Odetola (Girl), Austin Onuoha (Isaac/Prophet)