ByÂ AzukaÂ Ogujiuba
Lagos went agog recently, Freedom Park was locked down for fiveÂ days with the daring and psychotic lines of Jude Idadaâ€™s creativity. The play was written and directed by Jude Idada
Starring, Daniel Etim Effiong, Uzor Usimkpa, Kemi Bickersteth, and Marvelous Dominion.
A psycho-erotic drama about a mother who struggles to save the crumbling marriage of her daughter, in the course of which she stumbles on a deadly secret that threatens her relationship with her daughter, her son-in-law and her inner self. It is a drama about marriage, desire, and morality in the Internet age.
It ran from February 28 to March 4 at the Amphitheatre of Freedom Park, Lagos, to sold-out audiences as part of the Lagos Theatre Festival and was adjudged the number one show of the festival by audience, press and organisers.Â
Jude Idada – Bio
Jude Idada is a winner of an AMAA best screenplay award, ANAA prize for Drama, a Goethe Institut Afrika Projekt finalist and the first-runner up of the NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature, he has continually blazed a trail in the art scene.Â He was also a finalist in the New Directions Filmmakers of the future project by MNET in addition to being selected as one of the playwrights for the British Councilâ€™s Lagos Theatre Festival. Amongst many, Jude was also selected as one of the screenwriters for the Toronto International Film Festivalâ€™s â€˜ADAPT THIS!â€™ and the Afrinolly/Ford Foundation â€˜Cinema4Changeâ€™ projects. Jude was also an inaugural participant in the Relativity Media/AFRIFF Filmmaking project.
As a filmmaker, he wrote and produced the critically acclaimed film, â€œThe Tenant.â€ He has also directed the documentary â€œBlaze Up the Ghettoâ€ and the feature film â€œKofaâ€. As the Artistic director of the African Theatre Ensemble in Toronto, Canada, Jude directed the stage plays â€œFlood,â€ â€œBrixton Stories,â€ â€œLostâ€ and â€œComaâ€, the later which he adapted for screen has currently wrapped up production in South Africa. Alongside several optioned screenplays and commissioned stage plays, he has written and published a collection of short stories â€œA Box of Chocolatesâ€, an anthology of poetry â€œExotica Celesticaâ€, a stage play â€œOduduwa â€“ King of the Edos,â€ the first book in a trilogy of novels â€œBy My Own Handsâ€ and a childrenâ€™s book â€œDidi Kanu and the Singing Dwarfs of the North.â€ His new collection of short stories â€œI Hid My Past on Top of an Iroko Treeâ€ comes out this fall by Bahati Books and his play â€œSankaraâ€™ is being published this month by Parresia Publishers under their Origami imprint.