Jos Festival of Theatre 2018
The 11th edition of the Jos Festival of Theatre will hold from March 4 – 9 in Jos, Plateau State. Over time, the festival has been established as a nurturing ground for performers to exhibit their talents and creativity. The theme for this year’s edition is ‘Creative Expression in a Time of Hope’ and will feature riveting plays, as well as a variety of workshops for the artistic community.
The festival will also showcase 5 new directors; Osasogie Efe Guobadia, Ebuka Ifebunso, Seyi Babalola, Sunny Adahson and Akolo James Anthony, who will direct his musical Brother Joachim’s Vocation, which he wrote. Two plays he wrote, A Toast of Triumph and Late Pam, have premiered at previous editions of the festival.
Also featuring at the festival are two American classics Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge and August Wilson’s Radio Golf. Festival director, Patrick-Jude Oteh will direct the former. The Spanish contribution to the festival is Lope de Vega’s Fuenteovejuna, a true-life story about an overbearing leader who faces revolt from his people but is eventually killed on the night of a celebrated wedding in the city. The play is performed in English by local actors. In addition, Ahmed Yerima’s play on power, politics and betrayal, Mu’Adhin’s Call, will be performed alongside Sefi Atta’s Renovation, commemorating International Women’s Day on March 8. Atta makes her second appearance at the festival, after the premiere of her play Last Stand at the 9th edition.
Other highlights of the festival are classes in acting, dance, basic film production and arts management, and talks centered on migration, marriage, politics, revolt, and the abuse of power.
The pre-festival play, Fences was performed on February 25, 2018. An award-winning play, it was featured at the 2017 Oscars awards. The play deals with Troy Maxson’s domestic life and is set in 1950’s America, when there was a new spirit of liberation, which makes Maxson a stranger with anger and fear in a world he never knew, pitching him against his wife and his son whom he understands less with each passing day.
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