Our Son the Minister ends theatre run, to tour varsities

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THE theatre run of Our Son the Minister, the winning play of the first Beeta Playwright Competition, organised by Beeta Universal Arts Foundation (BUAF), ends today.

Written by Paul Ugbede, directed by Kenneth Uphopho and produced by Bikiya Graham-Douglas, the play had opened on Friday, at Terra Kulture Arena, Victoria Island, Lagos to packed audiences.

A political satire, it stars talented actors, including Patrick Diabuah, Inna Erizia, Chris Iheuwa, Soibifaa Dokubo, Bola Stephen, Biodun Kassim, Bunmi Sogade, Omololu Sodiya, and Dapo Gbadamosi.

It’s inauguration day and Doctor Makoji prepares to take office as a minister of the Federal Republic, while family and associates plan how to share the tasty national cake he is set to bring home. Alarmed by their ideas, the austere Makoji decides to turn down the ministerial appointment while his family and hangers on conclude he has gone mad and are in a desperate race to find a solution to cure him.

Though it ends at Terra Kulture today, the play sponsored by MTN, Union Bank, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) with Malta, AfricaMagic, and Silverbird as partners, will still tour five universities across the country to deepen its theme of value re-orientation among the youth.

Meanwhile, plans are at an advanced stage for the judging process of the second Beeta Universal Arts Foundation Competition. The jury includes professor of theatre arts, Ahmed Yerima; film journalist, Shaibu Husseini; actress and producer, Ego Boyo; theatre producer, Ayo Jaiyesimi; Uphopho and publisher, Ibiso Graham-Douglas.

Commenting on its support for the contest, lead sponsor, Union Bank Plc through its Head, Corporate Communication and Marketing, said it was “pleased to partner with Beeta Universal Arts Foundation for the second year to deliver this worthy competition. As a bank that has been around for 100 years, we recognise how precious the arts are to preserving and showcasing our culture and history, which is why we remain committed to developing the talent in the creative industry.”

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