Seasoned theatre producer, Ayo Jaiyesinmi, has an exciting deal for theatre lovers this Easter as her acclaimed play, ITAN The Story, will hit the stage again. The play that usually leaves the audience enthralled even long after they have seen it, is coming back bigger than ever, based on the calibre of actors it is parading.
For instance, people who have always associated with celebrity fashion entrepreneur, Funmi Ajila-Ladipo, will see her in another colour during the performance. The reason is that she is one of the lead members of the 70-man cast, with professionals such as Albert Akaeze, Nissi George and Omowumi Dada also doing what they know to do bet. Well, for fans of Instagram comedian, Broda Shaggi, it is time to behold what he can do in a feature drama such as ITAN as he is also a character there.
ITAN was inspired by the need to resolve generational tensions, according to Jaiyesinmi.
She explains: “Generational diversity and the emerging culture and future have impact on work and communities and this should be appropriately managed. It provokes thoughts around the emerging digital space and how life, work, spaces and communities will change over the coming years. ITAN is an intriguing stage play performed in English, laced with cultural and contemporary dance and music.
“ITAN is even more delightsome this Easter. Re-scripted and part of 52-episodes story from the Comic Book Series: Tales From the Realm. The play cuts across different generations and it’s been enhanced to make sure that each ‘Generation’ feels at home and thoroughly melts into the scenes that mirror them. The Music and Dance is revamped and fantastic and on the cultural flank, the audience gets to experience a bit more of other Nigerian cultures. Get ready to be thrilled at this super exciting show.”
The play is based on what the producer calls cross-generational conflicts prevalent in our modern day world. In ITAN, an old and lonely recluse and village elder, Pa Latinwo, is shocked to find out that he has a grandson somewhere in the city. He sets off with high hopes to connect with the one person he can call family.
He finds his grandson, Dee-Kay, but rather than acceptance, this city gangster dares to challenge Pa Latinwo’s beliefs and motives. Both rooted strongly in their generational beliefs, get into a bitter scuffle. Asiko, TIME personified, intervenes and takes them on a journey into the past and the future. They both discover dark secrets that have been shrouded by the veil of time. Does this mediation save the day or tear both worlds further apart? The audience have 90 minutes to experience the answer this Easter.