One thing that is dear to veteran actor , Dele Odule ’ s heart is reviving the moribund stage performances , reminiscent of the old travelling theatre pioneered by the late theatre doyen , Chief Hubert Ogunde .
He disclosed this on Wednesday whie addressing a press conference in Abeokuta in commemoration of his 40 years on stageý .
He said he had written a stage play titled ‘ Oju Kelekun ’( farewell to reproach) , which would be used to commemorate his 40 years on stage.
He explained that a sum of N100 m would be needed for the project .
He said the play would be directed by a foemost theatre practitioner and first professor of dance in Nigeria , Bakare Ojo -Rasaki .
Ojo - Rasaki was also a former director, Abuja Carnival .
Talking about what propelled him into the stage performance revival project , Odule argued that movie/ film production had almost pushed stàge performance into extinction.
He noted that after the demise of the founding fathers of Yoruba theatre , which include Hubert Ogunde , Duro Ladipo , Akin Ogungbe , Kola Ogunmola and Oyin Adejobi , stage performance has gone into extinction.
He said , “Stage performances have suffered a setback in Nigeria theatre circle . But you will also agree with me that most of our late theatre legends made fortune and fame through the stage and travelling theatre practice. ”
Odule explained further that he was set to hit schools, theatre halls across the South -West and Yoruba areas in the North Central , after the drama troupe must have done performances for state governments in these states .
He said , “It is therefore my intention to revive the stage drama as a means of commercial empowerment through the schools and streets and bring back the lost memories.
“ Our youths can then have a direct opportunity to choose a career in the arts through this form of motivation .”
Odule , who is the President of Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Association of Nigeria , said he had assembled a team of professional artistes from the academia and the travelling theatre practice to make the project grand .
He said , “The practical theatre without theory is a child ’ s play while the theoretical theatre without practical is an intellectual failure .
“ The combination of these two will definitely bring about the originality in Nigeria theatre .”
Odule said the era of white - collar jobs was gone in the country , adding that “ the various departments of theatre arts practice , if adequately tapped could create job opportunities for the nation ’ s teeming youth .”
Later this month, he said , he would still call for an audition to shore up the cast and crew , who would spend at least 21 days rehearsing towards the stage performance which is expected to hit the stage for its first command performance on June 12 in Abeokuta .
This , he said , would be for the ommemoration of the 24 th anniversary of the annulment of the freest and fairest election in the country .


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