Femi Branch set to take Playfest to 10 Nigerian cities

Posted by News Express | 16 February 2020 | 1,032 times

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Popular Nigerian actor and dramatist, Chief Femi Branch, has concluded plans to tour no fewer than 10 Nigerian cities from April 3 to June 21, 2020.

He disclosed this to newsmen at the Excellence Hotel, Ogba, Lagos venue of a press conference he organised to raise awareness for his forthcoming maiden edition of an Annual Femi Branch Playfest, a celebration of theatrical writing of the Nollywood actor, one of Africa’s leading actors, playwright and poet.

According to Branch, the Festival is scheduled to kick off with a 10-city tour of his biggest play yet, Kunme The Musical. He added that the tour would take a one-week break in Lagos from Monday 25 to Sunday 31, May 2020 for the Festival proper which shall feature performances by different selected troupes of Femi Branch’s other plays, such as Poi, Shalanga, Jungle Justice, and Ankara Committee, with final performance being of the tour play, Kunme. Thereafter, he said, the tour shall then resume from Friday 12 and end on Sunday 21, June in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

The cities scheduled to host the event include, Ife Akure, Ado Ekiti, Ibadan, Abeokuta, Ijebu Ode, Ikorodu, Badagry, Benin City, and Abuja.

“The Festival is a two-fold initiative which firstly is a mentorship programme to develop and nurture young acting talents selected from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, through the Femi Branch Master Class, and secondly in commemoration of my 50th birthday anniversary,” Femi Branch revealed.

The project is in continuation of his drive to promote live theatre through seasonal commercial performances of his plays. Past editions of this were the performances of his plays, namely, Itakun (Satelite Town Cinema, Lagos 1999), Poi (The Muson Centre, Lagos, 2001), Jungle Justice (Bonny Island, Port Harcourt, Women Development Centre, Abuja and Terra Kulture, Lagos2013)  and Ankara Committee (Muson Centre 2018).

“We look forward to continuing our great relationship with sponsors, press, and all our fans-and with only 50 days until show time,” Branch said. He added that open casting for the play has been done and a general audition for the tour play, Kunme The Musical, will take place on February 25, 2020 at the Dramatic Arts Department of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State, for actors, singers, dancers and musicians.

The project has Femi Branch as its Artistic Director, Lady Prevail Olayinka as Project Director, Tee Abiola Oduola (Sean Polo Tee) as Media Consultant, and Awele Onwuadi as Project Coordinator, among others.

  • PHOTO: Femi Branch and other Playfest stakeholders during Saturday’s press conference at the Excellence Hotel, Ogba, Lagos

Source: News Express

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