Thespian Muse and Theatre At Terra presents:
OH, HOW DEARLY I DETEST THEE… A stage play.
Written by Jeanne Ngo Libondo in the 1970s, the piece was originally a radio drama. It is being adapted for the stage and features some of the wittiest dialogue in theatre.
“When two people are forced into an arranged marriage and have to make it work…”
The play follows the battles of a couple forced into an arranged marriage. Three years later, they have refused to settle into their home or even consummate the marriage.
AKO was “delivered by her father, kicking and screaming”. She accuses her husband of impotence and refuses every instruction he gives, choosing to contradict him in every thing…
TAMBE would opt for peace in order to save face in public, but he knows no other way of establishing his authority as the head of his household.
When a tragedy happens and the family brings news of a long standing tradition, Ako realises that theirs really isn’t different from most marriages.
Can they redeem themselves in “a marriage based on hatred and mutual embarrassment”…?
Date: May 17th, 24th and 30th, 2015
Venue: Terra Kulture, Tiamiyu Savage Str. VI
Time: 3pm and 6pm each day.
Tickets: N. 3000. Students: N. 1500. VIP: 5000
Command Performance: 6pm, May 31st, 2015.
For bookings, call +234 810 733 7161
In the course of preparing for this play, the cast did a photo shoot to explore the various expressions of a troubled marriage. It was an emotional experience which they would love to share with audiences all over. People are encouraged to name each expression and give a befitting caption, using the hash tags #OHDIDT #SomeMarriageFaces and any others suitable.
OH HOW DEARLY I DETEST THEE features Omoye Uzams and London/Westend actor, Timi Charles-Fadipe in his first performance in Nigeria alongside theatre veteran, Toyin Oshinnaike and Olarotimi Fakunle. The play is directed by Toritseju Ejoh and produced by Thespian Muse.
Timi Charles-Fadipe is a graduate from the University of Central Lancashire. He received a BA (Hons) in Acting and received further training at The National Youth Theatre of Great Britain; performing several plays including most notably the acclaimed stage production of ‘White Boy’, which was produced and performed at The Soho Theatre, London. During his NYT years, he was involved in several youth outreach programmes that brought theatre to primary and secondary schools in London.
He worked for Quicksilver Theatre; an education touring company; producing and performing short educational plays for children of all ages. He is also a qualified football coach with certificates from both the Hertfordshire and London Football Associations.
This will be his first performance in Nigeria.
Not too long ago, Omoye Uzamere was a perfectly normal, (albeit round-holed square peg) young lady with a degree in Law, and an intermediate diploma in French. She worked as a Television Presenter and Associate Producer on a music video show, which aired on Rivers State Television (RSTV) and the National Television Authority(NTA), from 2005 to 2008 and which was broadcast in six states across Southern Nigeria.
She enrolled as a pioneer student at Lufodo Academy of Performing Arts (LAPA) in 2009, training in performance for TV/Film, Stage and Radio, and acquiring a certificate in acting. She finished the course as Best Student. Since then, she has had an amazing time working on various film and television productions, film forums with the African Women’s Development Fund and LAPA, and has produced theatre plays and a short film.
In 2012, Omoye was one of 3 Nigerians nominated to receive theatre production training at Theatre Royal Stratford East, (an initiative of the Nigeria House), during the London Olympics. Omoye continues to perform and produce under her production company, Thespian Muse, while working as the On-Air Presenter with Silverbird’s Rhythm 93.7 FM.
Thespian Muse is a production company with primary focus on theatre, live events, radio, film and television. Our passion is for social orientation through creativity. We also conduct skills training for parallel industries, using practical realities and ethics from performance techniques.
Thespian Muse has produced the following events and productions including: The 1st African Women In Film Forum (AWIFF) in Lagos, Sefi Atta’s The Naming ceremony, Prof. Ahmed Yerima’s Little Drops, The Days After (a short film), The Mistress of Wholesome.
We have also been instrumental to projects like The 2nd African Women In Film Forum, Accra, LONDON LIFE LAGOS LIVING, Sefi Atta’s THE ENGAGEMENT.
We consider diversity to be enriching and a vital part of what makes us relevant and effective when engaging within and outside the media and entertainment industry. We encourage the opportunity for expression regardless of age, background, disability, gender, nationality, political persuasion, race, tribe, or religious belief.
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