Playwright Latif Abubakar's Globe Productions are poised to thrill theatre enthusiasts with play at the end of the month. The play which aims at educating patrons on issues affecting society will focus on trafficking and child labour.
Weaved with comedy, music and dance, the play would also reveal why Santa Claus is out here when Christmas is actually some seven months away.
Titled “Christmas-In-May,” the play tells the story of four young adults in challenging times who were tricked into an unknown, and their leader gets nabbed. They however managed to escape, only to run into another unknown.
When Santa Claus, also known as Father Christmas, makes an appearance way before the Yuletide, then there is something in the soup.
It means something unusual is happening and the play will unravel that mystery.
Mr Abubakar said the growing interest of patrons and the positive impact of his plays on the society have motivated the production team to continue with the tri-annual performances and regional tours.
“We hope to touch more lives in the years ahead with an improvement in the quality and hilarity of our plays,” he stated.
The play which is the 79th production of Globe Productions features legendary actor Fred Amugi, Jeffrey Nanor, Abraham MacPratt Dadzie, Shelter Say, Bright Kekeli Djangmah and Samira Suhini Farouk. It will show on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, 2022 at the Accra International Conference Centre at 4:00pm and 8:00pm respectively
Tickets for the play are on sale at GHC80.00 at the following venues; Airport Shell, Baatsona Total and Joy FM. Alternatively, patrons can buy tickets via *447*1092# or call 0275027000 for details
As a theatre company focused on theatre for development, Globe Productions has to its credit 17 plays that have been performed 78 times across the country to an audience base of about 50,000 making it the fastest-growing theatre company in Ghana with the widest coverage.
Its CEO/Playwright, Mr Abubakar gained international recognition via an interview on BBC World Service on the topic: “Resurgence of Theatre in Africa”.
Some written and produced works by Mr. Abubakar include “I can’t think far”; a non-violence campaign towards the 2016 election, “Saint and Sinners” which focused on illegal mining (galamsey) and “Men don die,” a road safety campaign
Other plays that have come from the stables of Globe Productions include, Something Must Kill A Man, which focused on Teambuilding, Judas and Delilah 1 which centred on health and first aid tips, and Judas and Delilah 2 that tackled HIV/AIDS and stigmatisation.
Mr Abubakar has also partnered Star-Ghana, UK Aid, DANIDA, the European Union, WaterAid Ghana, the Media Coalition Against Galamsey, National Road Safety Commission, National Ambulance Service and the National AIDS commission among others to drive social impact plays.
During the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr Abubakar staged the first ever live virtual plays to educate Ghanaians on the impact and preventive protocols on COVID-19.
As the pacesetters of live virtual play with a record of 3.5million views on the various social media platforms, the playwright believes storytelling and theatre could be used to convey critical messages and issues of national concern.
Christmas-In-May is sponsored by Labadi Beach Hotel, Apex Health Insurance and Yomi Yoghurt with support from Joy Entertainment, BTL Africa and the Graphic News App.