Its the Last Showing of the Award Winning Death and the King’s Horseman written by Prof Wole Soyinka, Directed by Ken Uphopho.
Venue: Terra Kulture
Ticket: N3500, VIP:10,000
Date: 29th July 2012.
ABOUT THE PLAY
Death and the King’s Horseman is based on events that took place in the Yoruba city of Oyo in 1946. That year, the lives of Elesin (Olori Elesin), his son (Olunde), and the Colonial District Officer (Simon Pilkings) intertwined with the disastrous results set out in the play. The play opens on the day the local African king is to be buried. According to custom, his Horseman, Elesin Oba, will die on this day as well, following his master in death as he followed him in life. It is clear from the scene in the marketplace that this ritual death is, however, a celebration. The region’s colonial administrator “saves” Elesin and brings about the play’s tragic catastrophe. In Death and the King’s Horseman, the power vested in the colonial administration signals its ability to destroy the indigenous culture it claims, ironically, to govern.
The Performing Arts Workshop & Studio, PAWS, is a theatre Oriented organization aimed at projecting and preserving the arts through Dance, Drama and Music.
Established in 2004 by theatre practitioners of repute, the company has gone on to become one of the country’s foremost theatre company dedicated to the development of talent in performing arts.
As part of the Live Theatre on the Mainland Campaign, we produced The Wives (2011) and Widow’s Window. The Wives was also performed at the NANTAP organised Festival of Plays(FESTINA). We also produced Rubiewe, an African adaptation of Beauty and the Beast (2012) that premiered at The Knot Centre and Muson Centre respectively. In April and June this year at TerraKulture, we produced and performed great productions of Oh! How Dearly I Detest Thee and Midnight Blackout.
We are a major resource and consultancy unit for notable schools in the country such as Greensprings Schools (Lekki & Anthony Campus), Meadow Hall School Lagos, American International School Lagos and TerraKulture. We have instructors adept in contemporary and indigenous Nigerian dances, directors and percussionists ready to train students in any of the aforementioned areas. Since 2005, we have produced musicals such as Sound of Music (2005), Cinderella (2007), Beauty and the Beast (2008), and As You Like It (2009).