When the 2013 edition of Festival of Nigerian Plays, FESTINA, in its second year and organised by the National Association of Theatre Arts Practitioners, NANTAP begins on January 25, the Abujabased Arojah Royal Theatre, ART will participate in a big way.
The theatre group, that has already announced its exciting line up of activities for the 2013 season, made this known in a press statement signed by its Artistic Director, Om’Oba Jerry Adesewo who explained that despite the challenges facing theatre and art in general, “we are poised to treat theatre lovers in Abuja and beyond to a variety of drama, classics, comedies, musicals and festival productions”.
Among the plays audiences will enjoy this year is Seyi Adigun’s Call for Me My Osheni, which will kick off the ART theatre season with its participation at FESTINA 2013 at the National Theatre, on Saturday, January 26.
Directed by Zubairu Jide Attah and Adesewo Fayaman Bay, the company’s director of productions, Abuja audiences will have the opportunity of seeing the play between February 14 and 16 as part of celebration for the annual festival of love –Valentine’s Day.
Onukaba Adinoyi Ojo’s new play, Ssoommaalliiya will grace the stage in Abuja in March as part of activities marking the 2013 International Theatre Day celebration. It will run till the end of April at different locations in Abuja and is to be directed by Adesewo Fayaman Bay.
ACTIn, Abuja Children Theatre Initiative, will be launched in June with the production of a stage adaptation of Onuora Nzekwu’s classic, Eze Goes to School, to celebrate the Day of the African Child 2013.
It is to be staged with the aim of drawing attention to quality and accessible education as a basic right for every Nigerian child and the role that theatre can play in achieving same.