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).

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

Lydia Idakula Sobogun (Gbagyichild Entertainment)

Kenneth Uphopho

Sheila Ojei

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