By Azuka Ogujiuba
Lagos went agog recently, Freedom Park was locked down for five days with the daring and psychotic lines of Jude Idada’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.
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. 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 Council’s Lagos Theatre Festival. Amongst many, Jude was also selected as one of the screenwriters for the Toronto International Film Festival’s ‘ADAPT THIS!’ and the Afrinolly/Ford Foundation ‘Cinema4Change’ 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, “The Tenant.” He has also directed the documentary “Blaze Up the Ghetto” and the feature film “Kofa”. As the Artistic director of the African Theatre Ensemble in Toronto, Canada, Jude directed the stage plays “Flood,” “Brixton Stories,” “Lost” and “Coma”, 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 “A Box of Chocolates”, an anthology of poetry “Exotica Celestica”, a stage play “Oduduwa – King of the Edos,” the first book in a trilogy of novels “By My Own Hands” and a children’s book “Didi Kanu and the Singing Dwarfs of the North.” His new collection of short stories “I Hid My Past on Top of an Iroko Tree” comes out this fall by Bahati Books and his play “Sankara’ is being published this month by Parresia Publishers under their Origami imprint.