The success of ‘Dora Why?’, the first Roverman Productions play in 2019 only cements the fact that the production house is one of the best things in Ghana’s Creative Arts industry.
The play which came off on Saturday at the National Theatre, saw the ‘ Sowahs’ try to untie the knots surrounding a strange letter, from Dora, the wife of Mr Sowah’s business partner, who had been dead for 30 years.
The letter read, “Good evening Thomas and Mabel. Today marks the 30th anniversary of my death. This is to keep my memory alive. Please don’t forget me. Signed, Dora.”
They hire the services of Jude, a security expert to find out if the note is a cruel prank or really from Dora.
The audience follows keenly as the secrets of Rev and Mrs Sowah and their daughter Aubrey try to hide, comes to light.
The search for the truth takes a toll on everybody including on Aubrey’s relationship with Jude.
Even though the play is a live performance with no action or cut taking place, Uncle Ebo Whyte, owner of Roverman Productions, uses the slow-motion flashback technique (usually in movies) which earned them wild applause from the audience.
The audience could not help but fall in love with the artistry of the production house and the level of expertise of the actors on stage.
As intense as such a letter from the dead can be, Roverman did not forget to add one of their special spice, comedy. The audience also got to enjoy varied music.
Thomas Sowah was played by Kakra Ankobiah, Mabel by singer Yaa Yaa, Audrey by Daniella Adu Asare, Jude was played by Andrew Adote and Effie Nkrumah played ‘Dora’.
Because Uncle Ebo Whyte and his team have been able to give back to back wonderful performances, patrons filled the National Theater to the brim, just to witness another beautiful work of art from Roverman.
‘Dora Why?’ is one of the plays that tackles the theme of forgiveness.
According to Uncle Ebo Whyte he believes forgiveness is one of the messages that Ghanaians need to hear now more than ever.
”Politics has divided us, religion has divided us, even sports is dividing us and in this kind of atmosphere, people tend to resort to tit for tat measures. A party comes to power and moves against perceived sympathisers of the previous government.
“Then the tables turn and the incoming government feels entitled to revenge for the treatment meted out to its supporters by its predecessors and a vicious cycle is created,” he stated.
According to him, people seem to forget that it is very easy to destroy a nation with a word or an action, “Rome was not built in a day, we say, but Rome was destroyed in a day. I hope that the message of forgiveness will ring beyond the theatre to every corner of Ghana and indeed of the world.”
On Twitter, one user Abdul Salam wrote, “My wife and I enjoyed the show yesterday. Lesson learned: Don’t let Fear drive you. Let Love and Hope and Knowledge be your drivers.”
The kick start of 2019 with ‘Dora Why?’ only shows Uncle Ebo Whyte has more marvellous stories up his sleeves to tell.
If you missed ‘Dora Why?’ April 6 and 7, it will be performed again on April 22, Easter Monday, at the National Theatre.
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