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I don’t take patrons' support for granted—Ebo Whyte

BY: Gifty Owusu-Amoah
Ebo Whyte stages 50th play 'He Said, She Said'
Patrons who watched Uncle Ebo Whyte's first play in 2008 join him to mark 50th play

WHEN playwright, Uncle Ebo Whyte asked patrons who were at the showing of his first play, Unhappy Wives, Confused Husbands in 2008 to join him cut a cake to mark his 50th play, He Said, She Said, which showed at the National Theatre over the weekend, he had expected a few people to come up stage.

But he was shocked when over 20 patrons come up to join him for the significant ceremony. A visibly excited Uncle Ebo who was humbled by the love shown him, thanked the patrons for supporting him over the years.

“I’m surprised by the number. These are patrons who were there for our very first production and 50 plays later, they are still supporting my productions. Many of them have not missed a production since then.

“To everyone who has ever bought a ticket to any of my shows, to anyone who has told someone about my shows or shared an artwork, I say 'thank you' and a happy anniversary to us all for 50 plays in 14 years,” Uncle Ebo Whyte said.

Theatre enthusiasts must have a good reason for patronising Uncle Ebo Whyte plays and over the weekend, patrons were surely served a hot dish of comedy, education and most importantly, some good lessons on marriage.

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Since Roverman Productions first play, Unhappy Wives, Confused Husbands, Uncle Ebo has set the agenda for discussion on pertinent subjects in the society.

And so it is little wonder that to mark his 50th play, He Said, She Said, the popular playwright maintained his keen interest in marriage and gave patrons some good lessons on the subject.

He Said, She Said tells the story of two young couples, Mark and Hannah, and Sam and Lucky. Due to conflicting issues in their marriage, which they are not able to resolve, Sam and Lucky are involved in an accident as a result of anger.

In coma, they are given a second chance to life if they are able to use their story to encourage other couples to appreciate themselves and hold on to the creeds of their marriage.

Lessons

Patrons get to know how communication, couples expressing their feelings for each other and not holding grudges are relevant to the survival of their marriages.

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The play also teaches the important lesson of couples not to compare themselves to others.

He Said, She Said comes after a long list of other popular plays by Uncle Ebo Whyte and his Roverman Production such as What Dad Left Behind, Devil’s Wife, Different Shades of Women”, He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not, Life is Someway, The Day Dad Came, Sins of the Fathers, Trials of the Ghanaian, Don’t Mess with a Woman, Everyone Has a Secret, Apartment N1, What's My Name 2013, Men Run, Women Cry and Last Flight.

There will be an encore of He Said, She Said on Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11 at 4pm and 8:00pm each day at the National Theatre