TOURISM MINISTRY LAUNCHES NATIONAL THEATRE SEASON

The Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Dzifa Abla Gomashie, has launched the ‘National Theatre Season’ on the calendar of the Ministry at the Ashaiman Senior High School. This is an initiative to revamp theatre in the country.

Theatre, some time passed, served as an important tool for education in Ghana. According to Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Dzifa Abla Gomashie-Ahiaglo "That's how I learnt about patriotism. In recent times, we haven't done that as much as we should. We haven't built on the foundation that was laid by our forebears. As a way to go, we need to use theatre to change the direction in which we are going and re-discover ourselves as Ghanaians".

Dzifa Gomashie-Ahiaglo disclosed that what the ministry is seeking to do to revamp theatre in Ghana "is to encourage amateur groups and also the professional groups to start the theatre season."

The ministry is currently interacting with persons in the industry to see how to bring up plays that reflect what we want as a people. The first Theatre Season is expected to start in September 2014 and it will be replicated in the centres of national cultures across the regions.

This, Dzifa Gomashie-Ahiaglo noted, will help revive the love for theatre, groom a new crop of theatre performers, and also use theatre to change the mindset of Ghanaians.

As a way to support the initiative, the minister said the venues will be given to the amateur groups for free and also the resident drama company of the National Theatre will serve as resource persons to the amateur drama groups.

The Deputy Minister, who also launched the National Drama Festival for second cycle schools, said with the influx of foreign culture, it was important to imbue into young people the values of their cultural heritage and the true essence of those values.

“Drama embodies the aspirations of people and involves the interaction between traditional values and the demands of modern life. Drama gives us an insight into our history, philosophy, religion, creativity and experiences,” she said.

She noted that the National Drama Festival would give the Regional Drama Festival a new dimension as winners from the 10 regions would have the chance to interact with colleagues from other regions.

She said the dissemination of positive values was very important, and “for this reason, it would be desirable for the plays to reflect themes on nationalism, tolerance, good governance, productivity, cultural renaissance, among others.”

The Drama Festival for Senior High Schools would open at the National Theatre on September 25-28.

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