LIVE THEATRE ON SUNDAY ™ repertory production continues this month with the presentation of Wole Soyinka’s timeless classic – The Trials of Brother Jero.
The Trials of Brother is one part of the Jero plays collection, which also includes the Jero Metamorphosis. The Trials of Brother Jero first came out in 1964, while Jero’s Metamorphosis was published two years later in 1966. Both plays satirize Christianity and religious hypocrisy, particularly, the unquestioning devotion that many converts display towards their spiritual leaders, often exposing themselves to manipulation in the process.
As the title suggests, The Trials of Brother Jero is about a charlatan preacher, Brother Jero. Brother Jero is a cunning beach diviner who woos customers (penitents) to his church by using Christian superstition for his own salvation. For him, the church is a business. The satirical drama is set on the Lagos Bar Beach now the site of the future premium Lagos city, Eko Atlantic. The play is the tale of an unscrupulous shepherd-in-charge, who plays clever antics on his followers for his own convenience.
Directed by Adebola Ogunshina and produced by Adenugba Oluwanishola, the play features Opeyemi Dada (Scoundrel Suberu, Akanni and His Proposal) as Brother Jeroboam, alongside Adewale Kolawole (K-Blaq), MaryAnne Ezekwe, Morolayo Fakeye, Jumoke Adeniyi while Tunde Lawal is the Technical Director.
The show holds on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at the New Unity Centre, (former Sandra’s Bar) 28, Isaac John Street, Ikeja GRA opposite Ruff n’ Tumble just before Metro Park by 4pm and 5pm respectively.
Admission is Free but reserve your seats by sending ‘SEAT’ to 08108156335. The Live Theatre on Sunday is supported by First Bank PLC, Mansard Insurance PLC, MTN Nigeria, 95.1 Wazobia FM,96.9 Cool FM and 99.3 Nigerian Info, 360Nobs, Bella Naija, YNaija, eGistOnline, MaestroMedia.blogspot.com, BIGTIMI and YAW!