Oba Adetunji & Balogun (played by Oladimeji Williams & Damilola Jibunoh) at the finale

 

Back in March 2013, I stumbled upon a play put on by the G22 Production Company at Terra Kulture, on Victoria Island, Lagos. I had other plans for that evening but a chance encounter with Chuka Agili, the producer/co-director, rescheduled my evening. I did not regret it. The only amateurish thing about the play was probably its title: The King Has Never Done It. But as the performance wore on it struck me that despite the fact that all the performers were ‘amateurs’ whose day jobs chained them to some corporate desk or the other, their performance was good enough for me to buy a season’s ticket.

The play is set in the Aromire Kingdom and revolves around the court of a king in love with his own pleasures. He was wanting a heir and slave girl Olamma (Fedora Anunobi) was on hand to taunt his two wives with the possibility of one. The play was fully deserving of the description ‘comedy’, with the king’s perpetually-drunk half-brother, Adewale (played by Mosunmade Omofolarin) delivering a stand-out performance. – The part of a drunk is the easiest to parody on the dramatic stage, and the hardest to get right. – There is indeed an art to falling about!

Great way to pass an evening. Pity the high-flying staff of the next bank you do business in: many an excellent thespian might be languishing inside those stiff suits.

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CAST – in order of appearance
ADEWALE 	- MOSUNMADE OMOFOLARIN
CHIEF PRIEST	- ADETOWUN ADEKOYA
AGAAKIN		- OLUMIDE AGUNLOYE
BALOGUN		- DAMILOLA JIBUNOH
IYAOLODE	- CHINELOMA ELEODIMUO
WONUOLA		- AMAKA ONWUBUYA
SUKANMI		- OSOBA BORHA
OLAMMA		- FEDORA ANUNOBI
TOWN CRIER	- WURAOLA SOJI-GEORGE
NARRATOR 1	- EHIMEN OGHUMAN
MORENIKEJI	- ANNE CHINWEZE
1ST MAID (ATINUKE)- DOYIN AYORINDE
2ND MAID (GORIOLA)-OLUWATOBI ODIASE
OBA ADETUNJI	  - OLADIMEJI WILLIAMS
EGBA WARRIORS:
  -	CHINO IBEKWE
  -	DEOTI ONABOLU
  -	TOBI ODIASE
  -	DEJI MARTINS
  -	DOYIN AYORINDE

NARRATOR 2	- DEOTI ONABOLU
GUARD		- CHUKA AGILI
NARRATOR 3	- TEMITOPE AINA
FEMALE DANCERS:
-	TEMITOPE AINA
-	WURAOLA SOJI-GEORGE
-	CHINO IBEKWE
-	TOMI BENSON
MALE DANCERS:
-	DEOTI ONABOLU
-	DIMEJI WILLIANS
-	OSOBA BORHA
-	DAMILOLA JIBUNOH
COSTUMES:
-	ENIOLA FOLAMI
-	CHINELOMA ELEODIMUO
-	TOBI ODIASE
-	DEOTI ONABOLU
STORY:
-	DEJI MARTINS
-	EHIMEN OGHUMAN
-	TOBI ODIASE
SCRIPT WRITERS:
-	EHIMEN OGHUMAN
-	DEJI MARTINS
-	TOBI ODIASE
-	OSOSBA BORHA
-	DEOTI ONABOLU
-	AMAKA ONWUBUYA
-	FEDORA ANUNOBI
DIRECTORS:
-	DEJI MARTINS
-	CHUKA AGILI
-	EHIMEN OGUMAN
PRODUCER:
-	CHUKA AGILI

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