Play Wrights, Theatre Directors Trained

 

By Ayodele Deen-Cole

The Sierra Leone Center of the International Theatre Institute (SLCITI) has held a two-day workshop on play writing and directing for theatre wrights and directors at the conference room of the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs on Kingharman Road, Freetown.

According to the President of SLCITI, Mrs. Elvira M.J Bobson-Kamara, the purpose of the event is to revive the art of theatre writing and directing culture in the country and to also bring in more professionalism into the sector. She expressed delight over the huge turnout at the event, adding that reviving the sector will bring in lots of economic and social development to the country. Mrs. Kamara also gave brief background in the ITI and the SLCITI noting that at present they have been recognized by the government and now receiving funds under the Consolidate Revenue Fund.

She also encouraged theatre groups to set up a union or association to boost the sector.

In his opening remarks the Director of Culture at MTCA, Foday Jalloh pledged government’s support towards the sector. She called on play wrights and directors to come together in unity and move the forward through the writing of new scripts and stories for performance.

The Deputy Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, William I.K Robison, in his keynote address, blamed all stakeholders in the sector for the depreciation of theatre. He called on them to do more in order to bring in transformation and also introduce young people into the sector. He also urged them to write and perform stories of the country’s cultural values and tradition.