A dialogue for an interpreted community
‘’Wuruwu Village’’ – a second stage production at Wonderland, Otta, is such a great title to give a show that is not momentarily blind towards the independence of Nigeria.
It wasn’t difficult to comment on the literary merit of the casts; but, the stage drama was immersed, in a way, that the audience was enthralled with the prologue— before the real drama commenced.
Ordinarily, to see a drama, in this worst time of Nigeria’s ordeal, is really projected beyond politics; and there is a substantive time to find solace in theatre. In the first scene of the prologue, the actress’ feat was repertoire because she acted in a deep sense; to what is commonly called frustration. Whereas, her reaction was precedented to any individual who performs to what Nigeria has metaphorically taught us.
Firstly, what muse me to the drama, was the way she had presented her frustration to Christianity— and she spoke with annoyance; like any other human being who encounters grief. Even her intimacy wasn’t approaching because she had relentlessly lampooned God; with a provocative question: Who says God exist?
However, when the main play was about to begin, the producer spoke in an anecdote, that I felt the drama was to plea for her family. And, perhaps, her stage dexterity was horrid for me but; her eloquence drew me to her in a far recognition. Subsequently, when she finished her talk, I noticed her eulogy was beyond the depth of a drama.
In a jiff, the real drama began, with two acquaintance school friends. They performed their characters as if it was a stand up comedy show. Nowadays, stage drama has taken the ce to the zenith of laughing.
With humorous dialogues between the casts— in this play, the imbecile girl, gave the audience, an impetuous belief, that the drama is genuinely scripted; because her facial expression was real. To the extent that, her imbecility was real; and even took us beyond, her identity, to also become a stammer.
While, her friend, who was the Prince, acted like as if he had distinguished himself from the play, but, his countenance was hilarious. He had a good stage direction whenever he manoeuvred from the left to the right of the stage without any doubt of seamlessness.
These two characters were the main culprits of the Wuruwu Village of whom the entire community was panicking about the bomb-shell letter the Prince had written; from what, the imbecile actress had dictated to him to be their school assignment. And, when the Queen saw the letter she was fiercely disdain; also, she suddenly showed the King and the confusion began.
When I see Nigeria as the central theme of the play; as nobody knows who wrote the letter. This paradoxically became a confederation conference between the King, queen, chiefs, solider, professor, Ifa priest, Iman and Pastor.
And they all began to deliberate on who wrote the letter. It was like a puzzle. And this intriguing scene in the play modified Nigeria; that our elites do not know how to solve the country issue due to the fact that they are not ready to pay the sacrifice.
Like the King of Wuwuru village failed to accept his death threat because he believed the threat should have solution rather for him to accept his fate. Therefore, they continued the dialogue which brought out misogyny, bigotry and chauvinism. And this is Nigeria
These casts were intense to the level that they depicted a nation where everybody becomes an ignorant and a mediocre due to the reason that they want to rule. The Prince nonchalance made the entire community to misinterpret a letter that was written for a school assignment to be a death threat.
Finally, the dialogue in the drama was Nigeria. It is a country where the people are fearful to make decision. It also gave me a despised reaction to country governance, which has become a fallacy. Regardless of the time constraint of this drama, the Director had shown us a Nigeria whom Fela had sung to be confusion. This drama was a confusion of elite and elite towards the governance of the populace. It was a dialogue of death between Nigerians.
Director: Olawale Adedoyin
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