Wednesday, July 18, 2007
THE THEATRE OF DREAMS
Dreams can come true. The most incredible thing happened 2 days ago. I had a meeting with the C.E.O. of Terra Kulture, Bolanle Austyn-Peters, and at the end of the discussion, she had given me Terra's Hall where The Soyinka Season is being held, for free every Sunday, ad infinitum.
This means the biggest impediment to theatre production in Lagos has been removed with one magnificent gesture.
I have had more drama productions than anyone at the Muson Centre (which I and other theatre companies helped make the leading drama venue) but have sweated blood and tears to take it that far. The impossible conditions in which we produced major theatre dwindled the ranks until there was just a handful left... and then one or two.
But we have a hall now...and in a major Arts Venue located in the heart of one of the most secure areas of Lagos. (The things that matter to a paying audience).
laspapi is in charge of the project and is bent on making it an artistic and financial success. Basically, she's given theatre a lifeline.
There'll be space for other directors, room for profit sharing and invitations to those who can improve the work here (Frances Uku, please note).
Theatre has a new direction in Nigeria now. We have a home. Thank you, Bolanle.
Words aren't enough to express gratitude.