In the hallowed halls of Atlantic Hall School, where excellence is not just a goal but a way of life, the transformative power of literary arts takes center stage. Amidst the towering academic edifice and the vibrant cultural tapestry that defines this elite institution in Lagos, a remarkable journey unfolds—one where creativity, critical thinking, and communication skills are honed through the mesmerizing world of drama and the theatre.
The spotlight falls on the captivating play, ‘Hopes of the Living Dead,’ written by the legendary Ola Rotimi. Steeped in the historical rebellion that gripped Nigeria from 1928 to 1937, this theatrical masterpiece becomes a portal for students to explore the complexities of a society grappling with the daunting challenges of leprosy.
At the heart of the narrative stands the resilient Ikoli Harcourt Whyte, a character whose indomitable spirit becomes a beacon of inspiration for the students. The intricate web of the plot intertwines with the British administration, featuring the Senior Medical Officer, the Superintendent of Police, and other authorities.
The journey begins with Dr. Fergusson’s relocation to London, a departure that echoes with consequences. The cessation of his leprosy research not only diminishes the hope of a cure but also halts medical treatments, plunging those affected into a state of neglect. The emotional and physical toll on the characters becomes palpable, exacerbated by the indifference of the authorities.
Yet, against this backdrop of adversity, the characters in ‘Hopes of the Living Dead’ display remarkable resilience. The students, immersed in the intricacies of the plot, witness a powerful demonstration of fortitude in the face of despair. It is in this crucible of challenges that the lesson unfolds—rebellion may seem an option, but the characters choose a different path.
The play is a crucible for nurturing creativity, cultivating critical thinking, and refining communication skills among the students of Atlantic Hall School and the general public. The characters’ choice not to revolt serves as a powerful testament to the strength of the human spirit, urging the students to find innovative and constructive ways to address challenges. We can draw from this to the current realities facing us as citizens of this peculiar country , Nigeria. Our tools of choice should not be to revolt whatever unique circumstances we may currently be facing. Through this theatrical journey, the seeds of creativity have been sown, critical thinking has been ignited, and communication skills have been refined.
In the end, the students of Atlantic Hall School emerge not just as spectators but as active participants in a narrative that transcends the stage—a narrative that shapes them into individuals poised to face the world with resilience, empathy, and a profound understanding of the transformative power of literary arts.
- Date: Wednesday, 14th February 2024
- Time: 11:00 am
- Venue: Lagos Theatre Epe
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