Saturday, July 23, 2011
My Name Is Romanus; R for Romanus, O for Omanus. . .
The advertisements run wild on radio and facebook. The poster was a popular one on the social network site. I listened to an excerpt of the play on Joy 99.7FM on Friday, July 22nd 2010 and that was enough to get me to go watch them. The line that did it for me was the spelling of Romanus, the name of one of the characters in the production. The spelling was, R for Romanus, O for Omanus, M for Manus, A for Anus, N for Nus, U for Us and S for s!
The energy with which he spelt the name was all too hilarious.
So I made my way to the National Theater today, July 23rd 2010 to watch the 4pm showing of the drama. The second showing will be at 8pm tonight and the next showings will be tomorrow, Sunday July 24th 2010 at 4pm and 8pm. The Producers are the same ones who produced Romantic Nonsense and You May Kiss The Corpse.
High voltage comedy. Hilarity at a high. Beautiful replicas in a comedic way. Beautiful directing and a brilliant storyline that ensured that daily happenings were pointed out to us in an amusing way.
The drama started off in the auditorium of the Virgin Church, where the Pastor, a very shady character believed that it was his power and doing that had healed a lot of people. He was so anointed that he knew the situations of his congregation yet he preferred that they told him their problems themselves. For not being able to heal an impotent man, he declared that he came to heal the sick and not to raise the dead.
The next scene introduced us to the home of Professor Chibere, his wife and daughter, Shaniqua. This Professor makes too much qualms about every little pesewa and cedi. He gave a warning to his wife and daughter that they can bath twice daily but they should use soap on only one occasion!
Next, we were introduced to the classroom setting, Professor Chibere's class. The new Professor was meeting his new class for the first time. On the same day, he asked them to make presentations of an assignment their former Lecturer had asked them to do. One was about the incessant use of pidgin language on our campuses now in relation to a future year by which pidgin would have been banned from campuses. This means that students would not really talk to each other. This touched heavily on the fact that the dependence on pidgin is so much that if the students are asked not to use it again, grammatically correct English will be burdensome, hence the silence.
While in class, Professor Chibere’s daughter came to him for money. The class, all guys, started admiring her. It was Romanus’ turn to make his presentation and he asked permission from the Professor to use his daughter. He gave the weather forcast with the girls’s body. Her hair and head represented Northern Ghana, her chest(breast) was some hilly areas and her lower abdomen and thigh areas represented the Forest areas. One of them also teased girls who wear wigs and end up hitting their heads in a bid to stop an itch. Imagine if the girls happen to wear wigs on every part of their bodies with hair!!!
Did you know that a woman who sings in a bar is called a barrister and one who sells kube(coconut) is an incubator?
All who made this production possible deserve a lot of kudos.