The premiere of ATSU ADALETEY’s “THE BEDROOM”; a seat-trapping romantic comedy staged at the Amu Theatre, University of Education, Winneba, presented theatre fans with an engaging plot that touched on sensitive issues with modern relevance. It unveiled conflict between a feminist, naturalist, “chameleon” and an opportunist. A cast of five (5); an extremely three (3) strong leads and an infectiously energetic supporting roles of two (2). The plot was creatively woven using shadow theatre (silhouette), dramatic action, music, dance, stand-up comedy and mime.
Endorsed by Ghana’s comedy giant, Kwaku Sintim-Misa (KSM), Professor Kolawole Raheem (Head of the Centre for School and Community Science and Technology Studies (SACOST) at the Institute for Educational Research and Innovation Studies (IERIS), University of Education, Winneba), Mr. E.K. Amponsah (H.O.D. of the Department of Theatre Arts), Mr. Samuel M. Yirenkye (Production Coordinator, Dept. of Theatre Arts, UEW), Mr. Evans Asante (C.E.O. of Bluemoon Enterprise), and with support from Ms. Latipher A.Osei, and Mr. Johnson K. Edu, the production triggered a thunder of laughter which mirrored a collage of everyday life experiences.
PROEYE MEDIA, a multimedia firm which focuses its strength in talent management, brand promotion, theatre productions, cinematography and photography, is the producer of this exceptional production and in their quest to be at the forefront of developing new works for corporate theatre, brought this masterpiece to fruition through the support of the Department of Theatre Arts, School of Creative Arts, University of Education, Winneba.
Unlike the norms usually experienced by theatre audience who patronize live theatre at the Amu theatre, during the three days, the writer and director broke the conventions by maintaining the plot but daily pitched the dialogues, dramatic action and costumes – a bold attempt to register his signature in live theatre productions.
During the red carpet interview, most of the fans applauded the versatility, daring and ingenious spirit of the writer and director, Atsu Adaletey. Some loyal fans who followed the play throughout the three days disclosed that they realized the plot was maintained but some of the stage directions, actions, dialogues, costumes and light design did not follow the tradition of consistency. They added that this style is new to them so it enforced them to critically watch the play in anticipation of discovering new details on the second and third days because almost all the plays they’ve watched at the Amu Theatre were consistent with costume, dialogue and stage directions but THE BEDROOM broke the norms and that, to them is a daring step that will go far to project his signature in showbiz.
When interviewed, Atsu Adaletey, the writer and director unveiled that he has come far with this play because of the time and resources invested into his versatility – nurturing his creative writing skills (through James Gibbs, London), boosting his knowledge in stand-up comedy (through his mentor, Kwaku Sintim-Misa (KSM)), enhanced his experience in Dance Composition (through Latipher A. Osei and Mr. Ben Aryeetey – Lectures at the University of Education, Winneba and University of Ghana, Legon), able to hook audience with his timely delivery skills (acquired through voice and speech course under the direction of Ebenezer Henry Brew Riverson Jnr.), whipping up his acting flair through persistent stage works at the National Theatre of Ghana (since 1995) and as for his feminine role-play, he easily and effectively play it to the core because of his occasional run-way shows.
Atsu added that THE BEDROOM play is a balance diet served to theatre fans and stressed that amidst the laughter and the spectacle, it exposes theatre fans to sensitive themes of global concern and also made use of irony and symbolism to amplify the objective of the play.
Atsu is so grateful for the ceaseless support from his dear wife, Antonia Larde Adaletey, Mr. & Mrs. Michael Adaletey (Parents), Paul and Patrick Adaletey (Brothers), Pastor Andrews Amoah Gogoe (Executive Producer), Alexander Kwesi Bornesound and Joshua Okpoti (Producers), Yaw Sarpon (GlammyNews.com), Nihad Abubakar, Shawkiyatu Sulley, Rashida Abass, Jeremy Dela Olympio, L.P. Senam Quashigah of AMI Pictures Inc., Elorm Diana-Rose Adonu of Elad Fashion, Rita Richardson of Zaafiarts Productions, Albert Graig Boahen, Joseph Yayrator Mensah, Raphael Acquah Paintsil, Mohammed Muhideen Shamsu Atakura, Mohammed Salawatia Sa-ad, Mawuena Yevoo, Gideon Rexford Mills, Lydia Bondah, Theophilus Baiden-Amissah, Bertha A. Shika Kumassah, Vivian Adjei Kaa Doe, Forson Franca, Christiana Frimpong, artistes of ADINKRA (UEW), Students of the Department of Theatre Arts, National Service Personnel (Dept. of Theatre Arts, UEW), Bright Future Arts Foundation (Ghana-USA), and Humble Stars Dance Company.
The play was graced by Prof. Kolawole Raheem, Ms. Patience Nukpezah, Mrs. Faustina Brew, Mr. Evans Asante, BESA Beauty Pageants, Ms. Christabel A. Issifu, Christiana Asakeya, Bernard Nikoi Abossey, Joyce Banasam and many others whose names won’t find space here.
“THE BEDROOM” play is going corporate; coming to a theatre near you.