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Terra Kulture ushers theatre lovers to 2022 with Soyinka’s epic, ‘Death and the ‘King’s Horseman’

*Show runs till Jan 3

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Terra Kulture ushers theatre lovers to 2022 with Soyinka’s epic, 'Death and the ‘King’s Horseman’ 5

WOLE Soyinka’s classic drama, “Death and the King’s Horseman,” which opened its 9-day 18 shows Yuletide run to the public on Boxing Day December 26, continues to draw crowd of excited theatre lovers to the Terra Kulture Arena in Victoria Island.

The show runs through January 3.

Directed by Bolanle Austen-Peters, the play is based on events that took place in Oyo, an ancient Yoruba city of Nigeria, in 1946, It reflects on the intertwined lives of Elesin Oba, the king’s chief horseman; his son, Olunde, now studying medicine in England; and Simon Pilkings, the colonial district officer. The king has died and Elesin, his chief horseman, is expected by law and custom to commit suicide and accompany his ruler to heaven. The stage is set for a dramatic climax when Pilkings learns of the ritual and decides to intervene and Elesin’s son arrives home.

Produced by the BAP Productions, the play is boasting of one of the longest theatrical run this yuletide with 18 shows in nine days at one venue, the Terra Kulture Arena, home of the producing company.

When it ran in May, the directorial treatment received accolade from eminent artist and critics, with the playwright himself, who is hardly known ro commend on staging of his plays, writing: “Superlative: Seven Gbosas.”

Soyinka’s former student, close aide, editor of the authoritative volume, ‘Drama & Theatre in Nigeria,’ Dr Yemi Ogunbiyi, wrote: “Lights, sounds, effects, music, everything was just phenomenal the came alive.”

Ace filmmaker and storyteller, Femi Odugbemi, endorses the show thus: “The most riveting, colourful, multidimensional and experiential interpretation of Death of the King’s Horseman I have seen.”

The producers of the play themselves, BAP Productions, promo it as follows: “You probably have seen ‘Death and the King’s Horseman, you probably have heard of Death and the King’s Horseman, but you haven’t seen BAP’s direction of Death and the King’s Horseman.”

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