A Veteran Movie Actor, Dele Odule on Wednesday disclosed his plan to revive the moribund stage performances in the theater and entertainment industry
Odule made the disclosure at a press conference in Abeokuta to herald activities marking his 40 years on stage,adding that the project is expected to gulp the sum of N10million.
He said maiden edition of the revived stage play is titled,’Oju Kelekun'(farewell to reproach),explaining that he was prompted to revive the stage performance having realised that,stage performance gave birth to film production.
The famous actor added that he was disturbed that,the stage performances was gradually going into extinction after the demise of the founding fathers, which include Hubert Ogunde, Duro Ladipo,Akin Ogungbe,Kola Ogunmola and Oyin Adejobi among others
Hear him ‘Stage performances have suffered a lot of setbacks in Nigeria theatre circle.But you will also all agree with me that most of our late tthearter legends made their names and fame through the stage and traveling thearte practice’
Odule stated that the real commercial travelling thearter,brought to the local populace through the streets as did by the late icons have been in want in the entertainment industry.
‘It is therefore my intention to revive the stage drama as a means of commercial empowerment through the schools and streets and bring back the lost memories. Our youth can then have a direct opportunity to choose a career in the arts through this form of motivation’,he emphasised.
Odule who is the President of TAMPAN disclosed that, the project is to gulp N10million, and also called for sponsorship,explaining further that the play is intended to be staged in all the South-West States and Kwara,primarily as a command performance to the government of each state and later as a public show to the populace.
‘In view of the above, I have decided to celebrate my 40th anniversary with stage performance of Ojukelekun,a social satire written by my humble self and will be directed by Prof Bakare Ojo Rasak,a foremost theater practitioner,first Professor of dance in Nigeria and a former Director of the Abuja carnival’.
The celebrator said,towards this effect,he has assembled a team of professional artists both from the academia and traveling thearte practise to make this a good and entertaining venture.
‘The combinations of these two groups will definitely bring about the originality in Nigeria theater. The practical theartre without theory is a child’s play while the theoritical thearte without practical is an intellectual failure’,,he said.
Odule disclosed that over 100 cast and crew would participate in the project, and they are to resume at camp for rehearsals at Westgate Hotel,Ado-Ekiti effective from April 23.
He said the cast would spend at least 21 days rehearsing towards the stage performance which is expected to hit the stage for its first command performance on June 12 in Abeokuta
‘The date also coincides with the date of the first staging of commercial thearte in Nigeria by the late Hubert Ogunde in 1944’
Pix: L-R, Prof Bakare Rasaq, Dele Odule, Bolaji Amusan at the press conference