Ghana to hold Theatre Festival in October

StageResident performing groups of the National Theatre of Ghana would present a seven-day festival on the theme: “Creative Arts: Re-Thinking the Contemporary,” from October 12 to October18 in Accra.

The festival includes live-stage performances, outreach programmes to schools, film screening by students of National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI); and furniture fair show and training workshops for young artistes in marketing and financing of the artistic work.

The performance by the various groups also forms part of efforts to help achieve the mission of developing and promoting performing arts in Ghana through cost effective productions of classical and contemporary live-stage and televised performances, which project positive national values and the African personality.

“This is a follow up to the maiden edition last year, which brought together many theatre and performing arts groups in Ghana together at the Theatre for a series of performances,” a statement signed by Ms Beck Adjei, Public Affairs Officer of the National Theatre and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra stated.

It said the festival begins on October 12, with outreach programmes by the Theatre’s resident groups namely, the National Dance Company, the National Drama Company and the National Symphony Orchestra to some selected senior high schools within the Accra Metropolis through October 14.

On Wednesday October 14, the National Drama Company would showcase “Ananse in the land of idiots,” a play written by Yaw Asare and directed by Dr Grace Adinku as a Theatre Programme for Schools at 1400 hours in the maiden auditorium of the National Theatre.

The festival begins on October 15, with a marketing workshop for young artistes. In the evening, Ben Productions House will perform a play titled ‘Illusions’.

On Friday, October 16, NATFI students would show a film. The National Drama Company would also have their turn with ‘King’s Dilemma,’ a Dance-Drama and the National Symphony Orchestra.

The statement said the Drama Department of the University of Education, Winneba, would stage a play titled “Figments of Our Imagination” by IDEA 123 on Saturday, October 17, and in the evening show a stand-up comedy; “Flagstaff House” by Nyansapo, an up and coming young talented and vibrant group who are into comedy.

It said the festival would then culminate with “Forbidden”, a Roverman Productions, by Uncle Ebo Whyte on Sunday, October 18.

Source: GNA

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