Monday, September 30, 2013
Guess Who Is Star Act For Saro The Musical – Ebenezer obey, 2 face, Femi kuti, King Sunny Ade, Lagbaja, Ayinla Kollington, Shina Peters?
Friday, September 27, 2013
Eferoghene Victoria Awusa is one of the drama cast in Saro The Musical. Over the years, she has featured in several plays such as; Ajantala Pinnochio (performed at the 70th birthday of Wole Soyinka and the Lagos black heritage festival 2011), Imodoye (performed for students at Terra Kulture) also plays like Esu and the Vagabond Minstrels, Aringindin and the Night Watch Men, Belle Bellows and two operas titled A Time in Tulipsha and Ivory Tower.
Eferoghene Victoria Awusa speaks joining the cast of Saro The Musical and her experience so far...
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VIDEO: Creator and Producer of Saro The Musical, Bolanle Austen-Peters Speaks about the Project and More on the Close Flow Show on NTA
Conceived as a patriotic cultural project, SARO The Musical is created and produced by Mrs. Bolanle Austen-Peters, the Managing Director of Terra Kulture and Executive Producer of the popular Theatre@Terra Project, which is in its sixth year.
She is working with some of the best and young hands in the industry led by Makinde Adeniran (Executive Director), Ayo Ajayi (Music Director), Kenneth Uphopho (Drama) and Gbenga Yusuf (Dance).
Watch the video after the cut...
Monday, September 16, 2013
Eminent Nigerians at the preview of ‘SARO The Musical’ held at Terra Kulture,Victoria Island, Lagos on Tuesday, September 10, have rated the production set to open at Oriental Hotel, Lekki next month. Though they were only shown four out of the play’s 14 scenes, they expressed happiness with what they saw and commended its good music, and dance.
By Okechukwu Uwaezuoke
ThisDay on Sunday, Sept 15, 2013
Call it a musical in the tradition of Broadway. Saro, as the musical is called, was conceived after a Broadway musical based on the life and times of the Nigerian-born Afrobeat icon Fela and was performed before a Lagos audience.
Bolanle Austen-Peters – better known as the amazon behind the Victoria Island-based cultural centre, Terra Kulture – thought it was odd that the production, titled Fela! featured no Nigerian actor or dancer when it was staged at the Eko Hotel and Suites.
“I woke up one day and wrote the story, which I believe is very relevant to our society and our youths,” she recalled. “I looked around me and asked: What is the story of an average Nigerian? What is the story of the average settlers of Lagos?”
Lagos became a melting-pot of non-indigenous people. “Most of us came here, just like many went to America, saluted as the land of freedom; and that is what I decided to explore. If you look around, everybody wants to come to Lagos.
Written by AKINTAYO ABODUNRIN
Nigerian Tribune, Sunday, 15 September 2013
Eng. Yemisi Shyllon, Mrs Austen peters and Tuface at the preview
A select and eminent Lagos audience treated to a preview of the musical commend its quality and relevance
Eminent Nigerians at the preview of ‘Saro’ held at Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos on Tuesday, September 10, have rated the production set to open at Oriental Hotel, Lekki next month high. Though they were only shown four out of the play’s 14 scenes, they expressed happiness with what they saw and commended its good music, dance and relevance.
“It’s a wonderful piece. I just hope it’s not going to be too long. The music is wonderful, the dancing too. Just two things and I will communicate them to the director,” said Professor Ahmed Yerima, former General Manager of the National Theatre, who was among the select people who saw the production.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Friday, September 13, 2013
WATCH: Mo Abudu, 2Face Idibia, Prof. Ahmed Yerima, Hon. Disun Holloway, Commissioner for Tourisim, Speak About Saro The Musical
“It’s obvious we didn’t waste time on these people and also that generations to come will benefit from them, they will know what to do when it’s their turn. So I’m very happy” --- Prof. Ahmed Yerima, Senior Lecturer, Redeemer’s University
“Terra Kulture is an institution that the Lagos State Government has always supported, I’m here today to see what they’re doing and what we can do, I truly enjoyed what I’ve seen”--- Hon. Disun Holloway, Commissionner for Tourism, Lagos State.
“Saro is a reflection of our society as it is though there’s still work to be done on it. It really is a welcome change. Theatre is not an area that we have owned in Nigeria and I think it is importat at this point in time that we use every single medium possible, be it theatre, film, be it song to send a message because I think what Saro does is to send a message about our society and the things we need to do and correct in our society. I was entertained watching the short preview but I was also concerned that it’s a true reflection of where we are” – Mo Abudu, CEO EbonyLife TV
Thursday, September 12, 2013
The performance also captivated Ajayi-Lycett, who described SARO The Musical as a wonderful musical drama.
This is wonderful; the music is glorious and acting wonderful. We taught the world to dance; we to stress it so that those who stole from us can actually own up to it”. She, however, expressed concern about what was in us as a people to reflect to the outside world.
In lending their support to this first classic cultural production from the heart of Africa, these personalities not only affirmed the primacy of Nigeria’s arts and culture, which leaders merely pay lips service, but also dispelled notions that only foreign productions can entertain Nigerians on such a grand scale.
On hand at the unveiling and preview were some of Nigeria’s great theatre, culture and literary personalities.
The formal introduction of the Broadway-style theatrical production, SARO The Musical to the Nigerian public was held on Tuesday September 10 in the function hall of Terra Kulture on Tiamiyu Savage Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.
In attendance were carefully selected notable names in Nigeria theatrical circuit, the art academic world, patrons of the Creative industries, potential sponsors, as well as senior Arts and Culture journalists from nearly all the leading media houses.
The Producer, Mrs Bolanle austen peters (2nd left) with from left, the actress, Joke Silva, the veteran actress, Taiwo Ajai-lycett and the Consul-general of the French Embassy, Francoise Sastourne
Those who witnessed the official unveiling of the big theatre dream included Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Mr Disun Holloway; renowned actress, Mrs Taiwo Ajai-Lycett , fondly called matriarch of the Nigerian stage; renowned dramatist, director and culture journalist, Ben Tomoloju; former Artistic Director of National Troupe of Nigeria, and current Dean of Humanities at the Redeemer University, Professor Ahmed Yerima; lawyer, art patron, Mrs Myma Belo-Osagie; popular actress, and now managing Director of the Malete Film Village, Mrs. Joke Silva; and renowned TV personality and CEO of EbonyTV, Mo Abudu. There was also the Consul General of the French Embassy, Francoise Sastourne. Others included Dr Tunde Awosanmi, a teacher of directing from University of Ibadan; Mr Deji Toye a lawyer, playwright and poet; and Mr Ola Fajemisin, manager programme at the Nigeria Television Authority.
The club of celebrities was led by the afro-pop musical icon, Innocent Idibia aka TuFace; and included, the actress Kate Henshaw; and On-Air personalities, Steve Onu aka Yaw of WazobiaFM, Chris Ihidero of TopFM, and Wana Udobong of Inspiration FM, among others.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
For more inquiries and purchase of ticket, visit - http://www.sarothemusical.com/
Taiwo Ajayi-Lycett,Joke Silver,Founder of EbonyTV, Mo Abudu,2Face And Others Were Treated To a Scintillating Preview Of SARO The Musical Play.
Spotlight on SARO The Musical in today's Guardian Newspaper
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The stage in Nigeria will come alive with a major cultural project tagged: Saro: The Musical between October and December. The musical, a production of the Victoria Island, Lagos-based Terra Kulture Art Centre will then tour other parts of the world for most of next year.
Created and produced by Mrs. Bolanle Austin-Peters, who also runs Terra Kulture, she said Saro is the story of four young men, who determined to break from the yoke of frustration and lack of opportunities to explore their talents and realise their dreams, decided to embark on a journey to the land of opportunities, Lagos.
“A devastating experience lands them in the lap of destiny, success ignites them and love fuels them,” she said.
Austin-Peters explained that Saro: The Musical is conceived as a patriotic cultural project, designed to serve as a response to the recent trend of Nigerian corporate organisations and the affluent importing theatrical packages from abroad without giving necessary encouragement or assistance to local talents to flower.
National Mirror Newspaper writes about SARO
Full story here - National Mirror