Former Big Brother Naija Housemate, Mr. Offiong Edet Anthony, popularly known as ‘Thin Tall Tony’, is set to return on stage as Eroz Theatre births in Ikorodu with the play, ‘Bending and Bonding’.
The play is written by Paul Ugbedeh, directed by Babs Ademoye and produced by Austin Awulonu.
According to the organisers in a release on the live theatre scheduled to commence on Friday, March 6, 2020, the play (Bending and Bonding) would parades array of highly talented artistes including “Thin Tall Tony” as Pastor Chikeoluwa, Kelvin Alozie Dede as Dele, Mary Abishai Akam as Itoro, and Irene Chiadika as Aunty.
Bending and Bonding is a sidesplitting play, a satire of the battles couples go through in marriage and how they try to resolve them as it is being reflected in the marriage life of Itoro and Dele who are experiencing crisis.
For Itoro, their grace to grass life style, engineered by Dele’s reckless economic lifestyle, must stop if their marriage must work while Dele is determined to put his past mistakes behind him by doing the same mistakes again.
Each of the couple tries to find a solution to their marriage and the solutions came through two unlikely means.
Issues raised in the play include suicide, sex, finance, religion and infidelity.
Speaking on the play,Thin Tall Tony, who plays the role of Pastor, said he is excited to be part of the show.
“The play, ‘Bending and Bonding’, is one of a kind. It’s very interesting and it’s a simple play that talks about the fact that we don’t have a lot of communication as families sometimes and we assume a lot. But if it is a situation we’re we have to come together, talk about it and clear our differences, we should be able to do that earlier. If we detect that there is a problem, communication is key. But the play is also very hilarious.
“Eroz Theatre is an opportunity for us also to bring elites here in Ikorodu out and experience theatre. Most of us have worked with very known production houses on the Island in Lagos and outside as well abroad but a lot of people leave here and go to the Island, pay money to watch plays, when many of the talented artistes are residing here in Ikorodu. So, we came up with this initiative to give people in Ikorodu better value for their money and class too. I am really excited about it.”
Also speaking, Dede Kevin Alozie, who plays the role of Dele, Itoro’s husband in the play, described Eroz Theatre as a brilliant idea.
“It is actually to launch the Eroz Theatre. We’ve been thinking about this fantastic idea of bringing theatre to Ikorodu. We want to establish Ikorodu theatre here and be able to actually get our own audience. You don’t have to go to the Island; you don’t have to go to Surulere. That is what we are trying to do. We’ve been on it for a long time, and it is a good thing that it is starting now.”
Eroz theatre plays come up 6pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in March at the Eroz Place, 71, Borokini Dada Street, Aga, Ikorodu.