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Soyinka’s The Lion and The Jewel opens eight Jos Festival of theatre

By Japhet Alakam

From  February 22nd to March 2nd, theatre lovers in Nigeria especially in the northern city of Jos will be treated to series of splendid performances as the 8th Jos Festival of Theatre 2014 kicks off.

The festival which will comprise of a full week of performances will be held at the Alliance Francaise, Jos and will be a combination of plays from the Nigerian repertory, a new Nigerian play and plays from the international repertory.

As usual , the festival will be supported by US Mission, Nigeria and apart from them, the Embassy of Spain and the Czech Embassy will also feature plays in the festival. All the plays will be performed by talented actors with the introduction of two new directors into the festival organization. This has followed the pattern in the last two years of the festival where we have witnessed the introduction of two new directors each in the last editions alongside an array of young and talented amateur and professional actors.  or the third year running, the US Mission, Nigeria will support

The 2014 festival will open with the pre-festival play, Wole Soyinka’s The Lion And The Jewel on February 22nd and other plays will feature as follows: Federico Garcia Lorca’s The Shoemaker’s Wonderful Wife with the collaboration of the Embassy of Spain, Nigeria. February 27 will be the turn of Charles Fuller’s Zooman and The Sign,while February 28, will be August Wilson’s Two Trains Running.

On March 1st,  will be the turn of The Conquest of The North Pole by Ladislav Smoljak and Zdenek Svera with the collaboration of the Embassy of the Czech Republic, Nigeria and it will come to end on March 2nd with Akolo James Anthony’s A Toast of Triumph. In the tradition of the previous festivals, there will be workshops on arts management, salsa dance and directing/acting.

The 2014 festival is also being supported by Grand Cereals and Oil Mills Limited who have supported the festival consistently since 2004, the Jos Business School, the French Embassy, Nigeria and Julius Berger PLC alongside other corporate and individual supporters.

The festival being one of the activities of the annual African-American History Month celebrations in Nigeria will shift to Abuja in March and May 2014.


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