The Eclipse Theatre Troupe, a formidable collective of Nigeria’s avant-garde poets and performers, is gearing up for an unparalleled feat – attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the longest theatre performance in Lagos.
With a stellar lineup featuring Graciano Enwerem (Sir Grrraciano), Tamara Dogubo, Paul Word Uma, and David Odiase (The 78th Psalmist), this ensemble of artistic visionaries is embarking on a groundbreaking journey that promises to redefine the boundaries of theatrical expression.
The genesis of this audacious venture can be traced back to October 2022 when the troupe left audiences spellbound at the Presidential Hotel, Port Harcourt. Despite facing a poignant setback with the loss of a cherished team member, Chijioke Agwu Ndukwe, the team’s resilience and determination were reignited in March 2023. Inspired by Hilda Baci’s Cookathon record-breaking accomplishment, they set their sights on a Guinness World Record.
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Scheduled to unfold between October 12th-19th, 2024, in the vibrant city of Lagos, the event aims to create an immersive experience through continuous theatre. The chosen play for this monumental occasion, titled “THINGS THAT COME IN THE MORNING,” is a testament to the shared narratives, struggles, and victories of The Eclipse Theatre Troupe.
Graciano Enwerem, the driving force behind the endeavor, emphasizes, “Our aspiration is not just about breaking records; it’s about pushing the envelope of creativity, fostering a dialogue, and inspiring a new era of theatrical innovation in Nigeria.”
The preparation for this historic event has been marked by creative challenges and logistical intricacies. Undeterred by these hurdles, the troupe remains steadfast in their commitment to elevate Nigeria’s cultural heritage on a global stage.
Tamara Dogubo, a pivotal member of the ensemble, extends an invitation to the community, stating, “We call upon fellow Nigerians to join us in this unprecedented endeavor. Your support, whether through active participation, financial contributions, or sharing our story, is pivotal to realizing this monumental dream.”
As the spotlight focuses on The Eclipse Theatre Troupe’s Guinness World Record attempt, the ensemble envisions not just an achievement but a catalyst for amplifying the vibrancy of Nigeria’s creative community. The impact of this historic undertaking is poised to resonate globally, creating new avenues for collaboration, cultural exchange, and artistic ingenuity.