The much-anticipated adaptation of Arthur Miller’s play, ‘ A View from the Bridge, Fractures’, was indeed a play to watch and I dare say it is a play everyone should get to see. The play was put together by AbOriginal Theatre, a branch of AbOriginal Productions Limited, which is an entertainment outfit that focuses on theatre, music, film and television. The play Fractures ran for a total of four times, with the actors putting up spectacular performances each time.
The set design of the play was remarkable with every little attention to detail to make it as realistic as possible. The actors also put up stellar performances with their rendition of lines and action. The actors need to be commended for their professionalism as they were well synchronised and we the audience, couldn’t even notice any hitch or flaw. The play centres on cultural values, family, love and change, a never ending battle of wills, the battle between selfish desires and selfless love, holding on too tight and the fear of letting go. All of which was well portrayed and played out in a very relatable manner.
The play centres on cultural values, family, love and change, a never ending battle of wills, the battle between selfish desires and selfless love, holding on too tight and the fear of letting go. All of which was well portrayed and played out in a very relatable manner.
According to what the CEO of AbOriginal Production Limited, Ikhane Akhibe told FW, “… on the surface, it’s about immigration, but it’s really about culture and values. It’s also about the lies we tell ourselves and the things we do when our selfish desires get in the way. We see what happens with Idris the community man, who because of misdirected love is willing to sacrifice everything that he has built up all his life to get what he would even admit to himself is driving him. I think it speaks to a lot of things like families and love, wanting the best for people even against their own desires and also when love crosses over into control, obsession and powerlessness”
The play was directed by Kenneth Uphopho and had a lot of well-known faces, with Gideon Okeke playing Jide (the fine boy/ lover boy), Patrick Diabuah as Dayo (who helped bring a lot of comic relief to the play with his perfected typical Yoruba boy carriage and accent), Beverly Naya as Toju (the typical ajebo child), Ropo Ewenla as Idris (the over- protective father figure), Tunji Sotimirin as Barrister Johnson (our voice of reason and narrator), Funmi Eko-Ezeh as Nike (as the caring and observant mother figure and wife), Bolanle Haastrup as Mrs Akpan (the neighbour), among others.
The play was adapted to address our everyday issues and is very relevant to modern day issues in our Nigerian society and is a play everyone should make an effort to see.