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Soyinka’s ‘The Road’ continues at National Theatre and Art Factory Bariga, courtesy Israeli troupe

*Tues, Sept 5 at Nat. Theatre, Iganmu; Thurs. Sept 7 at Art Factory, Bariga

‘Faith, trust and doubt. In the harsh world of The Road, everything depends on trust. It’s a constant tension about whether you can trust the person you meet on the road or not’

THE ROAD, Wole Soyinka’s classic play, will be on stage today at the Marquee, National Theatre performed by the Israeli Africa stage, which is touring Nigeria from their Tel Aviv base.

The presentation is through the management of the National Theatre of Nigeria in conjunction with the Crown Troupe of Africa, O’Jez Hotel & Suites, and other agencies.

The play will also be repeated, Tuesday, Sept 5 at the National Theatre; and Thurs. Sept 7 at the Art Factory, 32 Awojodun Street, Bariga.

In a short note by the production company, the synopsis is captured as: “Faith, trust and doubt. In the harsh world of The Road, everything depends on trust. It’s a constant tension about whether you can trust the person you meet on the road or not.”

Directed by Yaffa Schuster, with original music score by Andreas Svensson, the production stars Adisalem Alamo. Alemwork Ayele. Elad Konfino. Getachew Hunegnaw Mahmoud Mora. Michael Edlis. Yahel Pappo. the technical director is Gili Godiano.

The presentation is expected to be graced by the author himself, Soyinka with other eminent arts patrons and public officials.


About: African-Israeli Stage

AN Israeli NGO, the company recognises long-standing structural imbalances in how the arts – particularly those that originate from Africa – are promoted and presented to the public.

“The Theatre repertoire “portrays African plays focusing on contemporary and classical creations of African playwrights and authors, as well as plays describing the experience of immigrants, migrant workers, and refugees.”

In its mission and objectives, the company it recognises its role as a supporter of African culture. It “seeks to contribute to the cultural ‘conversation’, rather than dominate it; it takes a positive, rather than critical perspective on African culture (and by extension, on Africa itself); and ultimately, it looks to enrich the Israeli culture discourse, by helping to create a space within it for African arts and culture, as well as for minority culture.

“The strength and unique quality of the African-Israeli Stage is in creating opportunities for inter-cultural contacts. The professional ensemble of actors, musicians, and creators includes among its participants veteran Israelis, Ethiopian immigrants, African immigrants, Asylum seekers, and Israeli-Palestinian actors, who transcend their daily existences to create a community of understanding and acceptance without minimising the differences and conflicts that exist across different cultural and religious identities.

Company highlights include performing Soyinka’s “A Dance of the Forests”, written by Wole Soyinka at Habima Theatre, July 2014;  “The Lion and the Jewel’, February 2012 at “Södra Theatre” in Stockholm; November 2010, at The National Theatre of Nigeria in Lagos; The Edinburgh Festival, where it received good critics for its performance. Artistic work includes a focus on marginalised communities such as the Asylum seekers from Darfur and Sudan and Ethiopian immigrants’ everyday struggles.

“Recently we have introduced “Little Africa”, a series of Soirees that present a curated cross-section of arts and culture from across Africa and the African diaspora, including but not limited to visual arts, literature, and non-fiction writing, poetry, dance, theatre, and cinema.”

Chairman Prof. Avraham Oz, Actors, and artists work for artistic payment while CEO volunteers her salary. The budget comes from Municipalities as well as from sponsoring companies with an interest in Human Rights and Arts.,and%20presented%20to%20the%20public.


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