Movies of Thursday, 9 March 2017
Some pundits in the Creative Arts industry have described the performance by some Kumawood stars at the just ended Independence Day parade at the Independence Square as embarrassing to the nation.
They have therefore lambasted the organizers for allowing what they deemed as a disgraceful performance to be staged on such a big platform which attracted people from far and near including some foreign diplomats from some African countries and the world at large.
The performance which featured stars like Kofi Adu also known as Agya Koo, Akwesi Boadi, popularly called ‘Akrobeto’ and Matilda Asare among others centered on the need for parents to educate their girl child and also promote the free education policy of the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
A Lecturer at the School of Performing Arts at the University of Ghana, Dr Daniel Appiah Agyei and a Movie Director, Script Writer and a Video Concept Developer, Alexander Anagli are of the view that the performance lacked professionalism and should not have been allowed to be staged at such an important occasion which was graced by dignitaries from Africa and the world at large.
They also believed that the performance was not fit for the occasion.
The duo told Adom Entertainment News that the organizers should have first consulted some professionals in the creative arts industry who will in turn select qualified persons to perform at the event instead of just selecting their preferred choice of people.
They questioned why the play was performed in Twi because not everybody at the parade grounds understands the language especially the foreign diplomats who were invited to grace the occasion.
The Author of the popular play, ‘The Tears of Lucifer’, Dr. Daniel Appiah Agyei sharing his view about the issue stated that even though the play featured popular personalities like Agya Koo, it could not achieve its aim because there was a shortfall of dramatic effect in it.
“We have drama and dance departments in the university. We would have executed the project as was in done in Ghana @50 which was done by professionals like the late Professor Nii Yartey, Prof Martin Owusu and Gordon Kortey among others,” he emphasized.
On his part, Alexander Anagli also questioned why performers were made to use cordless microphones instead of lapel.
He said that the use of cordless microphones affect the beauty of performance because as it restricts the characters in the way they express themselves especially when it comes to the use of gestures so the actors could not give out their best.
He lamented that what worsened the whole incident is the intermittent fluctuation of the microphone that characterized the performance.
“If an actor is holding a microphone when acting on state, it disrupts the actor and makes it difficult for them to come out with their best. Secondly, the microphone was also fluctuating and if any actor encounters such situations they get frustrated and hinder him from giving out their best,” he intimated.