‘Who Be We?’: Ghana’s First-Ever Experimental Pidgin Theatre Piece Set To Hit The National Theatre

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WhoIsDeydzi and his team

Who Be We?, Ghana’s first-ever experimental pidgin theatre piece set to take place at the National Theatre on February 26, 2020.

Who Be We? is an experimental theatre piece created by Ghanaian spoken word artiste, Dodzi Korsi Aveh, popularly known as WhoIsDeydzi together with his team of creative artists.

Dodzi Korsi Aveh (WhoIsDeydzi), Spoken Word Artiste

The piece was first devised as a theatre presentation by Mr Aveh as an independent study on The Metaphorical representation of Ghanaian Pidgin English as a reflection of the Ghanaian post-colonial society. This piece was presented at the University of Ghana, School of Languages Symposium on Pidgin English in Ghana, 2019.

After taking into consideration the positive feedback from the presentation, the team decided to improve on the piece, targeted a bigger audience and made it ready to be presented at the National Theatre’s Folks Place, on the 26th of February 2020, 7 pm prompt.

“We created the piece through devising, a theatre technique where the actors heavily contribute to the idea of the performance by brainstorming with the director and sharing ideas on how they feel the play should go. This was easy because my team is made up of multi-talented creative people from different artistic backgrounds,” was what the Director, Dodzi Aveh had to say about the piece.

The piece is in the form of a mixed media theatre piece drawing from all forms of art: spoken word, dance, music, poetry and painting. “For my team and I, we have had a lot of people sideline what we do because it is not mainstream. We find it interesting that pidgin as a language has been sidelined for the wrong reasons too. We chose to do this project to speak our truths, as outlandish as they are, and in an outlandish form and language,” Dodzi Aveh stated.

The performance will be happening as part of the Wednesday theatre project, a project established by the National Theatre and “Two Idiots Productions” to give young theatre practitioners the platform to practice their art.

Meet the team

As part of his team, WhoIsDeydzi, has Fafanyo the Pryme, a performing artist and filmmaker, popularly known for his YouTube spoken word film series Sessions with Self. Poetyk Prynx is a poet, spoken word artist and mental health activist, who has curated and organised a number of spoken word exhibitions on mental health. Woé is a storyteller passionate about social change and telling the stories of women who have been sidelined by the patriarchy. She is the creator of the Nativity Exhibitions.

WhoIsDeydzi and his team

PencilMonk is an animator and an artist, passionate about expressing his truths through visual art. Lena is a theatre practitioner (actress, director and production manager) who spends her spare time as an art critic. Obiri Tete is a musician and a storyteller who recently released his hit single, Bebia bɛyɛ Fine. Shadrach Appiah Arthur is a trained dancer, currently doing his National Service at the University of Ghana Dance Department, and Jessica Attoh Okine is a final year Dance and Political Science student, passionate about dance and poetry.

source: kuulpeeps.com

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