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7 MUST-SEE PLAYS IN CELEBRATION OF LAGOS @ 50!

Explore the origins and history of Nigeria’s cosmopolitan city, be a part of celebrating the culture and heritage of Lagos and enjoy the colour, drama, sound and rhythm of the best theatre productions.

1. EKO THE MUSICAL

This enchanting play tells the story of the birth of Lagos, in celebration of the full cultural strength, beauty, grandeur and diversities of Lagos.

Written and directed by: Olafemi George for Team Nigeria

Date: May 27
Venue: Freedom Park, Lagos Island
Time: 6.00pm
Gate: FREE

2. ONIDIRI: THE ART OF BODY ADORNMENT

The play, ONIDIRI highlights importance of the Onidiris, the traditional hair stylists from all cultures! Utilizing poetry, music and dance, Onidiri highlights the techniques of hairdo as it passes from mothers to their children and sister to sister.

Written and directed by: Jimi Solanke

Date: May 23
Venue: National Theatre, Iganmu
Time: 5.00pm
Gate: FREE

Date: May 24
Venue: Freedom Park, Lagos Island
Time: 5.00pm
Gate: FREE

3. AREA LAGOS: A CITY IN KALEIDOSCOPE

Through dance, music and drama, Area Lagos explores the cosmopolitan nature of the city’s heartbeat, especially its diverse cultures and life-styles. A city of colours, chaos, pageantry and life, the variables that make up the city of Lagos are reflected in the total theatrical piece.

Written and directed by: Segun Adefila, for Crown Troupe of Africa

Date: May 26
Venue: National Theatre, Iganmu
Time: 6.30pm
Gate: FREE

Date: May 27
Venue: City Hall, Lagos Island
Time: 2.30pm
Gate: FREE

4. OBI at’ OROGBO

Obi at’Orogbo is a Yoruba classical ballet piece exploring the sacred nature and importance of bitter kola and kolanut (Obi ati Orogbo).

Written and directed by: Seun Awobajo, for Footprints of David Arts Academy

Date: May 26
Venue: National Theatre, Iganmu
Time: 7.00pm
Gate: FREE

Date: May 27
Venue: City Hall, Lagos Island
Time: 10.00am
Gate: FREE

5. HEARWORD

A collection of skits based on the true life experiences of inequality among Nigerian women from different walks of life, Hearword parades a cast of notable female actors including Taiwo Ajai-Lycett, Joke Silva, Bimbo Akinto-la, Ufoma McDermott, Omonor, Elvina Ibru, Ufuoma McDermott, Zara Udofia, Deborah Ohiri, Rita Edward and Odenike.

Written and directed by: Ifeoma Fafunwa

Date: May 25
Venue: Bariga Bus Stop
Time: 10.00am
Gate: FREE

Date: May 25
Venue: Yaba Bus Stop
Time: 2.00pm
Gate: FREE

Date: May 25
Venue: Tafawa Balewa Square Bus Stop
Time: 5.00pm
Gate: FREE

6. HEARTBEAT THE MUSICAL

A tale of hope, which stresses that there are no short cuts to making greatness, Heartbeat explores the themes of love, hate, betrayal, family, identity, politics, homelessness and social justice through the characters that converge in and around Grace House in search of refuge and atonement.

Written by: Tosin Otudeko & Debo Oluwatumininu
Directed by: Najite Dede
Produced by: Lufodo Productions

Date: May 24
Venue: Terra Arena, Victoria Island
Time: 7.00pm
Gate: FREE

7. OGUN AHOYAYA

A historical play centered around events in Lagos of the 18th century; it reflects on the legendary feud between King Kosoko and King Akintoye. Prince Kosoko is the rightful heir to the Lagos throne.

Written/directed by: Jide Kosoko

Date: May 24
Venue: National Theatre, Iganmu
Time: 6.00pm
Gate: FREE

Date: May 25
Venue: National Theatre, Iganmu
Time: 6.30pm
Gate: FREE