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Authors point out hindrance to theatre performance

28 March 2014, 17:20

Abuja - The Association of Nigeria Authors (ANA) on Thursday said that lack of resources was hindering theatre performance in the country.

ANA National Vice President Danja Abdullahi said in Abuja that putting up theatre shows requires lots of fund.

"The logistics of putting up a stage play is a heavy one. It involves human beings, the resources and space," he said.

According to him, there is the need for government to support the practitioners in providing theatres and funds to stage plays.

Abdullahi said that in the past, Nigeria was one country that placed a lot of importance on theatre, adding that Nigerian culture had a lot of lexis with theatre.

"Theatre is all about festivals, there can be no festival without theatre.Every state and local governments in this country has different festival that can keep theatre alive," he said.

Abdullahi said that theatre was a vital tool that could be used to address social vices and explained government policies to the public.

He noted that during the days of Mass Mobilisation for Self-Reliance, Social Justice and Economic Recovery, government used theatre effectively to propagate its activities.

Abdullahi said the case was different now since theatre had been forgotten and it was only functioning in different theatre art department in the universities.

He said that if live theatre was resuscitated, it could be used to address the problem of crime and other social vices in the country.

Abdullahi said that theatre could be used to talk to different community to embrace peace and shun violent.


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