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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Theatre Review: Single in Gidi



If you haven't seen Single in Gidi yet, you still have two Sundays to do so. With a stellar cast and some of the funniest lines I’ve heard in a long time, Single in Gidi was loads of fun.

Single in Gidi is a one-hour (approximately) stage adaptation of a blog by the same name, created by Sheila Ojei. The Single in Gidi blog “covers topics of dating, relationships and love. It’s a place to talk about all things stomach butterflies, heartache, confusion and the joys of romance in the chaotic city of Lagos.” And the play feels just like this, like watching a conversation amongst friends. Though the play has no traditional narrative structure or a storyline per se, this takes nothing away from the enjoyment.

One thing that I found particularly pleasing was the ‘stage’ set-up and seating arrangements. Instead of the stage as a raised platform with the audience seated across from it, the floor space was set up as the stage, and the audience sat around it in twos and threes. This made me feel like I was a part of the performance and not just watching it.

The cast consists of three young males and three young females, all single in Gidi. They talk about the fun, challenges and peculiarities of living in Lagos, and being single in it. From the pressure to keep up appearances to the desperation to become a Mrs, from loves lost and hearts broken to aso-ebi politics, from learning to spot a Lagos Big Babe to man-hunting on the Lekki-Ikoyi Bridge, they bare it all.

Single in Gidi is as thought-provoking as it is humorous. It challenges us to rethink our demands and expectations, especially as far as love and romance are concerned.

Single in Gidi shows at Terra Kulture every Sunday in June, at 3pm and 6pm. Tickets cost N3000 (regular) and N5000 (VIP).

Cast
Omoye Uzamere
Meg Otanwa
Leelee Byoma
Timi Charles-Fadipe
Austine Onuoha
Tosin Oguntayo

Producer
Lydia Idakula Sobogun (Gbagyichild Entertainment)

Director
Kenneth Uphopho

Writer/Creator 
Sheila Ojei

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Crown Troupe of Africa marks 19th anniversary

Here's something for theater lovers. To celebrate its 19th anniversary, Crown Troupe of Africa is hosting a variety of theatre events in Lagos in the months of June and July. 

Below is the schedule of events. I'm definitely watching a play or three.

Sunday, June 7th: ORISIRISI - Skits: Play Your Part and Our Area
Venue: Lekki Waterside Theatre, Wole Olateju Crescent, off Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase I
Time: 3pm and 6pm
Gate: N3000

Sunday, June 14th: ORISIRISI - Skits: Our Area and Open Letter
Venue: Lekki Waterside Theatre, Wole Olateju Crescent, off Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase I
Time: 3pm and 6pm
Gate: N3000

Sunday, June 21st: ORISIRISI - Skits: Monkey Post and O Ti Ya
Venue: Lekki Waterside Theatre, Wole Olateju Crescent, off Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase I
Time: 3pm and 6pm
Gate: N3000

Thursday, June 25: PIECE OFF (dance piece) 
Venue: Wajo @ Freedom Park, Lagos Island
Time: 5pm
Gate: Free

Sunday, June 28th: ORISIRISI - Exodus and O Ti Ya
Venue: Lekki Waterside Theatre, Wole Olateju Crescent, off Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase I
Time: 3pm and 6pm
Gate: N3000

Sunday, July 5th: Wole Soyinka's KONGI'S HARVEST
Venue: Terra Kulture, Tiamiu Savage Street, Victoria Island
Time: 3pm and 6pm
Gate: N3000

Sunday, July 12th: Wole Soyinka's KONGI'S HARVEST
Venue: Terra Kulture, Tiamiu Savage Street, Victoria Island
Time: 3pm and 6pm
Gate: #3000

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