Theatre is one of the biggest platforms for causing social change and one person who has grasped onto that and is using it to perfection is playwright, Latif Abubakar.
Over the last few years, Latif, with his Globe Productions, has used his plays to tackle some of the pressing issues the country faces including Galamsey, First Aid and Non-Violence and he has done so with a good dose of humour that has endeared him to patrons who have watched his productions.
Now he is returning with a new play which has an interesting title, Men Don Die. A road safety campaign in partnership with Presec@80 Anniversary and the National Road Safety Commission, Men Don Die seeks to bring to attention, the negative impact of road accidents on the country and also educate Ghanaians on road safety.
The play is coming at a timely period considering the carnage on our roads in recent times which has claimed hundreds of lives including that of Dancehall artiste, Ebony Reigns.
The play tells the story of two couples who set off on a long journey in a mammy truck popularly known as ‘aro-glass’ or ‘boneshaker.’
One couple is travelling for their marriage rites while the other is on the way to get a divorce but when their vehicle gets stuck in the middle of a highway, what becomes of them? Abandoned and lost, ensuing events shine a light on who they really are and their objectives.
Starring notable actors such as Adjetey Annang and Ecow Smith-Asante, who are regular faces in Latif’s productions, Men Don Die will play at the Accra International Conference Centre on Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29. There will be two shows on each day; 4pm and 8pm.
Latif Abubakar, who also directs the play, promised patrons they will have a great time while learning something new. He also said they would leave happy.
“That’s precisely the mission of Globe Productions, to keep touching lives and making people happy. To help them appreciate life by destressing,” he said.
Latif is part of a young group of playwrights who are rekindling interest in theatre and making sure it survives. He has 12 plays to his credit including Thank God for Idiots, Romantic Nonsense, You May Kiss the Corpse, Gallery of Comedies, The Second Coming of Nkrumah, What Can Come Can Come, I Can’t Think Far and Judas and Delilah.
Men Don Die is sponsored by Endela Logistics, Yomi Yoghurt, First Trust Savings and Loans and Veraldo drinks.
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