I went to the National Theatre, Lagos in secondary school. I was thrilled back then, going back there over the weekend felt like a reunion, it did not seem wholly familiar but it did not occur strange to me.
The National Arts Theatre (popularly known as the National Theatre) is regarded as primary centre for the performing arts in Nigeria. It is located in Iganmu, Lagos. According to Wikipedia, the construction was completed in 1976 in preparation for the Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC) in 1977. The collection of National Gallery of Modern Nigerian Art is housed in a section of this building. National Theatre, Lagos resembles the Palace of Culture and Sports in Varna, Bulgaria (completed in 1968), the National Arts Theatre Lagos being the bigger of the two.
I got tickets to see a stage play HEAR WORD! pidgin produced by iOpenEye, directed by Ifeoma Fafunwa. I had seen posters of HEAR WORD! but did not really know what it was about. I asked a friend who had prior knowledge about it and he said “feminism’.
The event was slated to start by 1pm but it did not start early. I rolled my eyes at the usual ‘African time’ thing but when the play started, my annoyance got drowned in the awesomeness of the stage performance at National Theatre, Lagos.
HEAR WORD! pidgin focuses on various ways women have been marginalized, discriminated against and the concept of feminism. This is a masterpiece, it was brilliant. I was blown away, I laughed so hard, gasped and more importantly learned a lot. HEAR WORD! is a necessary play that every one should watch because I know that with this outstanding performance, people that have not understood the clamour for better treatment of women will be able to understand. It is a collection of various monologues and dialogues on social issues affecting women and subtle ways these things happen.
Prior to watching this stage play at National Theatre, Lagos, I had forgotten about the place and it was beautiful going back there. I think it is important to catch a stage performance or a show at National Theatre, Lagos instead of going to the cinema always.
The ambience of National Theatre, Lagos is beautiful and serene, there are trees around and various art structures. I read somewhere that the National Theatre is shaped like a military cap.
I have other places in Lagos on my list, do check out previous places I visited and do leave your suggestions below. Did you ever visit National Theatre, Lagos?