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I’m sure we’ll all agree that theatre has evolved a great deal in Nigeria; we’re talking from the era of the greats like Herbert Ogunde and his likes. Irrespective of this evolution, theatre has always been an effective means of communication in the society.
In the wake of this rapid evolution comes KAKADU- THE MUSICAL! A musical play set in the post independent era of Lagos – A time of the “twist” in Nigeria. Kakadu was the place to be, the place where it was all happening; you could not come to town and not go to Kakadu to party.
Kakadu the musical, set to launch in Lagos at the Muson Centre in May 2013, is the story of Nigeria and particularly Lagos at a time when young Nigerians lived as one and in search of the “Nigerian Dream”. It is a tale of love, passion, friendship and the absence of tribal boundaries that are a bane amongst all today. Kakadu is unrivalled art form with dance, drama and live musical performance; it has all and every marking of a successful musical production.
Speaking at the press conference in Lagos today (April 11), the director of the musical Mr.Chikekani Omo describes this masterpiece as a theme of identity, which promises to be an experience. He referred to the likely impact on the Nigerian populace saying “it will evoke as well as answer many questions”.
Kakadu is another production from the stable of Playhouse initiatives, a non-profit, mentoring organisation, seeking alternative ways to empower, mentor and encourage young people. In this regard, the cast of Kakadu is young and emerging, but bursting with potential. There are however some notable members of the Kakadu cast including veteran actor- Nobert Young and Tina Mba.
Speaking at the conference, Mr. Young was overwhelmed and described the production as the much needed voice and a must see. In his words, “We’ve heard a lot about Nigeria but Nigeria will not remain like this. Things will always go round – Nigeria is not going to die but it’s not for us to think wishfully – we must work hard to make it happen”
According to Ms. Tina Mba, this is the first time she’s taking part in a craft like this, and she says, “it brings me to tears each time we do things related to Nigeria. We can recall our roots as a people and take our country to where it should be”.
Speaking to Ben Ogbeiwi, musical director of the initiative, he says, “this is the time for change and if our politicians can’t do it, then drama, media and you can change it”
The times of the TWIST are seemingly back and with a TWIST indeed. KAKADU premieres in Lagos this May 2013.
For more details on Kakadu, visit their website www.kakaduthemusical.com