ON THE JOS REPERTORY THEATRE 

Date: Sunday, April 19 Time: 7pm; Mon. April 20, Time: 7pm; Venue: Main Stage, Freedom Park, Lagos.

AIME Cesaire (1913 – 2008), an Afro-Martinican Francophone poet, author and politician wrote The Tragedy of King Christophe in 1963 as a drama of decolonization of events in 19th century Haiti. Henri Christophe (1767 – 1820) was a freed black slave and cook who aided Toussaint L'Ouverture in the liberation of Haiti and was army chief under Dessalines. He waged a savage and inconclusive struggle with Alexandre Petion, the champion of mulatto supremacy who retained control of South Haiti. In 1811, entrenching himself in Northern Haiti, Christophe declared himself King as Henri I and entered upon an energetic but tyrannical reign. He created his own class of slaves and modeled his Empire after the absolute monarchies of Europe. His dictatorship, was translated into efforts to build a magnificent capital city upon the hill which he called 'the citadel'. Money, labour and materials were not spared in the efforts to build this modern city on the hill. King Christophe surrounded himself with lavish and sometimes ludicrous magnificence. In 1820, when he was suffering from partial paralysis, revolts against his rule broke out led by his trusted lieutenants and generals. In despair, he committed suicide.

 

 

ABOUT JOS REPERTORY THEATRE: Founded in November 1997, the JRT commenced programme implementation in 2000 as a not-for-profit, independent theatre organization based in the ancient tin mining city of Jos, Plateau State. The JRT utilizes theatre to confront and challenge crucial issues which affect the society with the ultimate aim of educating and entertaining audiences. The Jos Repertory Theatre presents the annual Jos Festival of Theatre, which has become a nurturing ground for new playwrights, new directors as well as creating an insight into the Nigerian theatre repertory.

THE CAST

KING HENRI CHRISTOPHE – SUNNY ADAHSON / VICTOR CHARLES COKER

PETION / CHANLANTTE – SEYI BABALOLA 

JUAN de DIOS GONZALEZ – TEMITOPE DUROWAIYE

BARON VASTEY –SEYI BABALOLA

MASTER OF CEREMONIES – EMILY JOKE BELLO 

CORNIELLE BRELLE – MARK IBRAHIM MUSA 

PREZEAU – FIDELIS OKORO 

MADAME CHRISTOPHE – JUMOKE MICHELLE OLATUBOSUN 

ROYAL DAHOMET – MAISAMARI DAVID 

RICHARD – OYEWUSI OLAWUYI 

FRANCO de MEDINA – ABRAHAM OMALE 

GENERAL GUERRIER  – ANTHONY JAMES AKOLO 

HUGONIN – EJIROGHENE OGHENECHOVWEN 

COMMENTATOR – OSASOGIE EFE GUOBADIA

OLD MAN – MATTHEW DANIELS 

DOCTOR / LADY / COURTIER – PATIENCE JOHN - EBUTE 

LADY / COURTIER – JENNIFER AGUSIOBO

LADY / COURTIER – ENIYOME EDOR

LADY GUERRIER  – JENNIFER MAIGIDA

LADY / COURTIER – TIMMY GOYANG

LADY / COURTIER – JULIET EJENMA

LADY / COURTIER – AWAITA ATEBOR

GAMBLER – ERNEST ORAH

GAMBLER – TERNA RONALD TORKWEMBE

GAMBLER – SOLOMON GOFOR

MARTIAL BESSE – EMMANUEL EKPE

MAGNY – PENIEL JERRY AYUBA

FARM WORKER / DRUMMER – KEVIN PARADANG

DRUMMER – WEJONG DAUDA

KEYBOARD – ANTHONY JAMES AKOLO / TEMITOPE DUROWAIYE

 

CREW

SONG COMPOSERS – LEONELL ECHA / OLUWANIFEMI OTEH

KEYBOARD – ANTHONY JAMES AKOLO / TEMITOPE DUROWAIYE

SET DESIGNER – BAYO

LIGHTING DESIGNER – MATTHEW

COSTUMES / MAKE-UP – OSASOGIE EFE GUOBADIA

COSTUMES ASSISTANT – KELECHI NWAIWU

PROJECT ACCOUNTANT – GUYANA TONGMAN

PROGRAMS – OLUWANIFEMI BOLATITO OTEH

STAGE MANAGER – UMOREN UBONG DAVID

DIRECTOR – PATRICK-JUDE OTEH