Femi Osofisan’s ‘The Engagement’ hits the stage

Every last Sunday of each month, people gather at the Unity Centre, Isaac John Street, Ikeja, Lagos State to enjoy a free Stage play show organized by the Live Theatre on Sunday.

May 25, which is the date for the last Sunday of this month, witnessed a massive turnout as lovers, friends, individual as well as families filled the Unity centre hall to watch a stage play adapted by Femi Osofisan, a Nigerian writer, from Anton Chekov’s short play titled “The Engagement.”

The play is a farce, which features a marriage proposal and an engagement between Elemude, a shy and hypochondriac young farmer and Ronke the daughter of chief Madayekan, his neighbor. The play, which is a hilarious look at the human character, plays on the intricacies of human relationship and humorously explores the conflicts surrounding the idea of ownership and the human tendency to compete against one another.

The stage play which had a 30-miniute time frame was produced by Oluwanishola Adenugba, graduate of theatre arts, University of Ibadan and directed by Adebola Ogunshina, a writer who is also a graduate of theatre Arts from the University of Ibadan.

Kolawole Adewale, who has played major roles in over 30 stage plays, took the role of Elemude; Morolayo Fakeye, actress and costumier played the role of Ronke while Paul Origbo acted as Chief Madeyekan.

Live Theatre Sunday, is a not-for-profit repertory theatre project that started in 2012.


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