Some pundits in the Creative Arts industry have described the performance by some Kumawood stars at the country’s 60th Independence Day parade at the Independence Square as embarrassing to the nation.
They have lambasted the organisers for allowing what they deemed as a disgraceful performance to be staged on such a big platform which attracted some diplomats from some African countries and the world at large.
The sketch, which featured stars like Kofi Adu, also known as Agya Koo, Akwesi Boadi and Matilda Asare, popularly called ‘Akrobeto’ among others, centered on the need for parents to educate the wards.
The drama also promoted the free education policy which has been trumped by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s government.
Speaking to Adom News, 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.
According them, the actors should not have been allowed to be stage the play at such an important event. They also believed that the performance was not fit for the occasion.
They noted that the organizers should have first consulted some professionals in the creative arts industry who would intern 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 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 with as was in done in [email protected] which was done by professionals like the late Professor Nii Yartey, Professor Martin Owusu and Gordon Kortey among others,” emphasised.
On his part, Alexander Anagli also questioned why performers were made to use cordless microphones instead of a lapel.
He said that the use of cordless microphones affect the beauty of performance because it restricted the characters in the way they express themselves especially when it comes to the use of gestures so the actors could not give off their best.
“If an actor is holding a microphone when acting on state, it disrupts the actor and makes it difficult for them to come out their best.
“Secondly, the microphone was also fluctuation and if any actor encounters such situations they get frustrated and hinder him from given out their best,” Dr. Appiah Agyei intimated.