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November is upon us and as with any project or endeavour there is always the need to look back at what has been achieved, what could me improved or what didn’t go so well. These retrospectives allow us to then plan for the future with the wise insights of the past to guide us.
Looking back on October we saw Fela: Arrest The Music look back at the life of the musical and political icon as well as Shattered, Bode Asiyanbi‘s tale of rape and the omertha-like silence which our society sometimes imposes on the crime and its reporting. Both plays keyed into the narrative of looking back, taking stock and moving forward wisely. One can only hope that the ruling elite in the case of Fela but also the general public (in the matter of rape) can learn to look back and imbibe some lessons.
If we’ve collectively learnt anything then the conversations on politics and policies will remain on-going and theatre will again have done it’s work of holding up a mirror to society on itself and thereby changing attitudes especially for those who do not like what they see.
November is strong on the theme of retrospectives. It begins on November 6 with BAHM Church‘s youth production of Journey of Hope. This is a drama that seeks to draw attention to the difficulties faced by contemporary christians and presents a dystopian vision of a post-rapture world. Featuring Seun Kentebe among others, it is bound to get you into retrospective mode and acting positively, so don’t get left behind.
Date: 6 November 2016
Venue: BAHM Church Events Centre. 22c Hogan Bassey Crescent, Surulere, Lagos
Ticket Prices: Free
Another key stage presentation this month is Lufodo Productions’ HeartBeat a thought-provoking musical piece on from November 10. This is a story set in Grace House a homeless shelter in Lagos looking to mark its 25th anniversary. Of course it is in keeping with the theme of looking back…and there can be a lot to go over after 25 years. If they can get it right, there could be another 25 years to look forward to. This production directed by Najite Dede and produced by entertainment power couple Olu Jacobs and Joke Silva has the potential to thrill and excite and will take on big themes like social justice and homelessness. We expect great things from it.
Date: November 10th and 18th December 2016
Times: 3 & 7PM
Venue: MUSON Centre, 8/9 Marina, Onikan, Lagos
Ticket Prices: ₦5,000, ₦10,000