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EVENT LIST FOR GHANA THEATRE FESTIVAL 2019

SYNOPSIS OF NTG PROGRAMMES

 

SEPTEMBER 24, 2019: NAA GBEWA BY THE NATIONAL THEATRE OF GHANA

Legend has it that Naa Gbewa, a prince and cavalry man, came and established one of the largest West African empires during the 11th century. From his ancestry was born many great kingdoms that continue to rule most of Northern Ghana today. The dance drama seeks to honour and celebrate the heritage of Naa Gbewa, the ancestor of the Mole- Dagomba States of the north, through music, dance and drama.

 

Rate: GHC 50.00 for Single, GHC 80.00 for Double & GHC 20.00 for students with valid ID

Time: 6pm

Venue: Main Auditorium, National Theatre of Ghana

SEPTEMBER 25, 2019: SYMPOSIUM

The National Theatre recognizes that it is through the performing arts that a nation bonds best, to unify and create harmony to enhance growth and development. It is against this background that the National Theatre through its 5 year strategic plan seeks to reorient all and sundry about The National Theatre. The National Theatre through the strategic plan has developed eight (8) goals that are geared at placing the performing arts in the hearts and minds of all Ghanaians.

The discussion therefore will be based on the theme for this year’s festival dubbed “Nurturing and growing artistic voices” in relation to the vision of the National Theatre that is “To be the beacon of the performing arts for Ghana”. Speakers are Mr. Fritz Baffoe artist, former parliamentarian and communicator. Mr. Prince Kojo Hilton an Art Director, and Esinam Batali a young theatre practitioner and marketer. The symposium will be chaired by Nana Fredua – Agyeman Ofori- Atta, board chairman of The National Theatre of Ghana.  

Rate: Free

Venue: Main Auditorium, National Theatre

Time: 3pm – 5pm

 

SEPTEMBER 25, 2019: WEDNESDAY THEATRE – MAN TALK, WOMAN TALK: A BATTLE OF LIPSTICKS VRS. TUXEDOS 

 

There are perhaps few texts that best exemplify the eternal struggle between men and women over which sex best understands the other and what the relationship between them should be than late Prof. Ola Rotimi’s Man Talk Woman Talk.

 

As foremost academic and scholar, Rotimi adds a further pep when he decides to intellectualize the argument between man and woman by situating it in a legal content. As is often the case, the arguments and counter-arguments spiral out of hand to produce a sparkling dose of sheer dramatic enjoyment.

 

Rotimi’s Man Talk Woman Talk is a serious albeit comic, intellectualizing play that puts the actors on their toes in its provocative, energetic performance. There’s no pause or break to scene change. To score a point depends on the logic behind it.

 

Rate: GHC 30.00 for Single, GHC 50.00 for Double & GHC 20.00 for students with valid ID

Time: 6pm

Venue: Folks Place, National Theatre of Ghana

SEPTEMBER 26, 2019: POETRY NIGHT – TALK PARTY BY EHALAKASA 
On this night, we will take you on a meticulous journey into mind; soul and spirit then bring you up into the chamber of now, then and after where galactic beings converge. We will carefully disturb your comfort until your comfort is disturbed, then audibly romance you with questions of yesterday, today and tomorrow while discharging your sight, breath and taste to what will be considered 3rd world ecclesiastical therapy. For everything life, love, lust and the rest join us on Thursday 26 with a special discussion before the show. 


Ehalakasa is the junction where spoken word poetry intersects with music, dance and theatre. This community of creative minds have realized the need for collective collaboration as well as free uninhibited self-expression and have applied spoken word poetry as a potent medium through which they express themselves. 

Rate: GHC 30.00 for Single, GHC 50.00 for Double & GHC 20.00 for students with valid ID

Time: 6pm

Venue: Folks Place, National Theatre of Ghana

SEPTEMBER 26, 2019: MOVIE THURSDAY – BIGMAN WAHALA 

 

A corrupt government minister in an African country goes on the run in the aftermath of a military coup d’état. He relies on a poor, struggling taxi driver to help him escape. Will he make it? How does this affect the taxi driver as well? Written and Directed by Daniel Adjokatcher. Starring: Oscar Provencal, Fred Amugi, John Tijani, Rhoda Okobea Ampene.

Rate: GHC 30 for Single, GHC 50.00 Double & GHC 20.00 for Students with valid ID

Time: 6pm

Venue: Main Auditorium, National Theatre of Ghana

SEPTEMBER 26, 2019: HIGHLIFE TIME BY THE NATIONAL THEATRE OF GHANA

Our audience will be treated to a spectacular night of Traditional folk and Palm wine Highlife music dubbed “Night with the ancestors” This is a night with the ancestors .Featuring Dromo Naa Cultural Band, Legon Palm wine Band etc.

Rate: Free

Time: 8pm

Venue: Compound, National Theatre

SEPTEMBER 27, 2019: EVENING CLASSICAL BY THE NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

The National Symphony Orchestra will take you through a journey of Ghanaian to Foreign classical music that will leave a lasting impression on the minds of the audience.

Rate: GHC 30.00 for Single, GHC 50.00 for Double & GHC 20.00 for students with valid ID

Time: 6pm

Venue: Folksplace, National Theatre of Ghana

SEPTEMBER, 27TH, 2019: LAUGHLINE COMDEY SHOW BY KASA ENTERTAINMENT

Laughline is a Ghanaian standup comedy event produced by Kasa Enteainment, Lekzy Decomic as its host. The comedy special became the first highly ranked comedy show in Ghana and have won awards for its consistency. Laughline is presented to Ghanaians every month but with a special edition held in September in partnership with the National Theater festival to promote theatre culture in Ghana; on each monthly show it features some of the mainstream comedians and in addition with some of the amateur comedians to serve as an open mic to provide a constant stream of laughter

Although Laughline is a pure standup comedy program, music and poetry is served to its audience to make it more aesthetic. 

Rate: GHC 50.00 for Single, GHC 80.00 for Double & GHC 20.00 for students with valid ID

Time: 8pm

Venue: Main Auditorium, National Theatre of Ghana

SEPTEMBER 28TH 2019“KUU NA WANA” (Death Will Come)

The choreographic piece projects my subjective worldview of concepts of reality and fiction as existent elements that influence actions either positive or negative. Hence, my dreams and imaginations lead to a fictional world in which all inhabitants regardless race and creed become united, making the differences only a reflection of diversity and co-existence   

Venue: National Theatre of Ghana   

Time: 4pm 

Rate: GHC 50 single, GHC 80 Double & Students with ID GhC 20 

 

SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2019: FOWLS FOR SALE

Controversial ATAA SOWAH had been blessed with three beautiful daughters. Like most homes blessed with daughters, there was one strict rule: NO BOYS ALLOWED.

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So was it, that in the strictly ruled home of Ataa Sowah, this ensemble of daughters lived, each applying their unique personalities to their mundane lives and activities. With his unusual ways, Ataa Sowah ensured the peace.

Things take an interesting turn, when three young men devise various plans to get their way with the girls to the charging of Ataa Sowah, who devises his own counter-plan to foil their efforts, backed by his bosom friend, the hilarious and cunning ATAA OKO.

Then Ataa Sowah makes a darning discovery. Dede, his beloved prayer warrior is with child. For someone who lives the life of reclusion, this is a bombshell. This becomes a subject of discussion and ridicule in the home, especially as Ataa Oko taunts Ataa Sowah over the man responsible for Korkor’s ‘Immaculate Conception. Backed by gross regret and resignation, Ataa Sowah devises a plan, as a remedy to his dilemma.

It also suddenly dawns on Ataa Sowah that his three beautiful daughters are now over 30 years and without a suitor.

He plans a SALE. 

Rate: GHC 50.00 for Single, GHC 80.00 for Double & GHC 20.00 for students with valid ID

Time: 8pm

Venue: Main Auditorium, National Theatre of Ghana

 

SEPTEMBER, 29TH, 2019: MAN 1

In an apartment of five, where everything was never smooth and cozy, a beautiful young lady appears to pour hot coal in the fire that is already burning down the apartment. Two law drop-out students, Kelvin and Alvin decide to smoothly outwit the rest in the apartment. Kelvin brings home a friend who promises to stay just for a few days which turns into weeks and to months. By the time members of the house realizes he has become master of the house; holding the secrets of everyone which he uses to control them to do things to his will. After getting enough from the members of the house, he decides to elope but the dice is turned when he finally finds out that he is not actually the player but he has actually been played.  

Rate: GHC 50.00 for Single, GHC 80.00 for Double & GHC 20.00 for students with valid ID

Time: 4pm

Venue: Main Auditorium, National Theatre of Ghana

SEPTEMBER, 29TH, 2019: THE LOVE OF MAMAVI  

The love between Adjetey and Mamavi is on the verge of flourishing like the palm tree but the entrenched position of their parents stand in the way of this beautiful union. Ethnic differences have eaten deep into Unity house; religious tension mounts and the treachery get beguiling.

Efo threatens to kill his daughter, Mamavi will not live without her Adjetey. Musa hides a romantic affair with Auntie Adoley and the drunk will simply not shut up.

In the end love conquers all regardless the sharp ethnic, religious and personal differences that abound.

Rate: GHC 50.00 for Single, GHC 80.00 for Double & GHC 20.00 for students with valid ID

Time: 8pm

Venue: Main Auditorium, National Theatre of Ghana

FROM 23RD – 30TH SEPTEMBER, 2019: LIVE PAINTING & ART EXHIBITION BY VISUAL ART STUDENTS EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMME (VASEP)

ART is an integral part of our everyday life, from cave drawings to graffiti, we use the arts to communicate, pacify, stimulate, and celebrate. If the arts are a valued and essential element of our culture, how then can they not be a valued and essential element of our education? PKH Art Africa brings to you, our SECOND CYCLE INSTITUTIONS touring programme called “The Visual Art Students Empowerment Project” (VASEP).

The VASEP was launched on the 8 of March 2018 at the Labone Senior High School. We believe that visual arts are the most effective ways to educate on issues affecting the development of the nation, but in this case, there is no attention given to Visual Arts to generate interest in the study of the subject.   The Visual Art Students Empowerment Project is to give the learning students an opportunity to be exposed to future prospects that they can exploits in the visual Arts Industry. By so doing, we believe that choosing carrier path in the Visual Arts by the students would be smooth and sailing. This project is open to all Senior High Schools in the Country.

Rate: Free

Venue: Exhibition Hall, National Theatre

Time: 10am – 10pm

FROM THURSDAY 26TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 – SUNDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER, 2019: THE TOP 100 FAIR BY WEARGHANA & NATIONAL THEATRE OF GHANA

The Experiences – Day 1 (26th Sept): Xose – An Evening in the Garden of Hope (Xose is ‘hope’ in Ewe)

On opening night of the fair, we will stage a unique fashion show starring Kayaye (potter girl) models to be recruited from open markets and trained, as well as street boys. This is to double as the launch of the Xose Project which will transform the lives of some of the most disadvantaged people in society. The event will be attended by diplomats, heads of agencies & organizations.

Live Music Show – The first day of the fair will also witness the staging of a live music show featuring some of Ghana’s most entertaining bands

 

The Experiences – Day 2 (27th Sept): Beer Fair – We will step up the fun on Day 2. All beer lovers will be expected to make it to the National Theatre for Ghana’s first Beer Convention. On sale will be different local and international beers: a haven for people for beer people.

Kelewele & Pork Party – On Day 2 we will offer two of Ghana’s best delicacies: Kelewele & pork. On hand to thrill patrons will be some of Ghana’s best pork and kelewele makers.

 

The Experiences – Day 3 (28th Sept): KenkeyFest – Another amazing Ghanaian food experience, Kenkeyfest is a festival of Ghana’s best kenkey. Featuring different kenkey vendors from all over Ghana – some offering truly unique kenkey like the Millet Kenkey – this is an event that has been staged at Mantse Agbona for four years running and each edition has been hugely patronized by kenkey lovers.

Men who (love to) Cook – We will stage a cooking contest for men who are great in the kitchen. We will focus men who are not professional cooks but really love to cook. There will be different stages leading to a finale. The winner will get a handsome reward

Beer Fair – This will be the second day of Ghana’s first Beer convention. We expect all beer lovers to converge at the National Theatre to enjoy the wide range of beer brands that will be on sale. 

The Experiences – Day 4 (29th Sept): Wabisabi – On Sunday we will host Ghana’s most exquisite traditional cookery network. A food club made of Ghana’s crème de la crème is one of the most sought after Ghanaian experiences. This special edition of Wabisabi will feature a five-course menu that is simply to die for.

The Book Exchange Fair – We could not have left out the book lovers. On Sunday there will be session for them. This will include book reading, discussions, book swapping, discounted book sales

More Experiences (From 26th – 30th Sept): There will also be:

Kiddie Zone – kid games and fun

Board and table games for adults

Discounted photoshoot

Business Clinic

Jumia Booth 

 

Rate: Free

Venue: Compound, National Theatre

Time: 10am – 10pm

 

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