Ebo Whyte celebrate Nicholas Duncan-Williams at sixty with a superb play titled, 'Nicholas'.
A show not for the faintly hearted but also chronologically coupled with life’s bitter lessons for every Christian or say literally, everyone.
These are the kind of stories told in fairytales in Hollywood. On the big screens where Adobe After Effect and a host of advanced video editing tools are used to scare the hell out of you at every decibel metre of a sound heard. The ones that take your spirit to the scene and make you feel it like it is.
However, the show at the National Theatre in Accra, Ghana when Nicholas premiered was not a fairy tale. It was a true-life story. A life story made to feel real on stage like no other. A story to honour one of the men of God in Ghana.
Uncle Ebo Whyte is noted for the humour he puts up on stage. The rib-cracking dialogues that have forever remained a calling point for fans of his show is second to none in the country.
Aside from the usual blissful mood and sensation an Ebo Whyte show gives, Nicholas was a step in a different direction nailed to pinpoint perfection.
Ghana’s culture, superstition and belief when it comes to Christianity was captured in full without the post-production editing to add more realness.
Nicholas started telling a story of a woman beating the odds with her pregnancy. The resulting child was named Nicolas.
Despite a mother sacrificing all she had to put Nicholas through school in the absence of an ‘irresponsible’ father, school was not for Nicholas as he’d rather push a truck than stay in school.
Stubborn habits aside ditching school kept moving to an increasing high on the part of Nicholas leading to him meeting his father in an unconventional way.
The presence of a father figure could not help Nicholas’ case as his struggle was more spiritual than physical.
With the story talking about the power of God in all things, a daunting task of finding one’s self is creatively packed in a juicy box of theatrical tasty delight.
Nicholas will surely find himself.
But not without an audience being treated to a fearsome scene of a thrilling visit to a juju man, a power play between light and darkness in the supernatural worlds, a hilariously invented dialogue between hypocritical students of a Bible school in Nigeria plus a comic relief of an Indian expatriate in Ghana as Ebo Whyte takes a page from the love Ghanaians have for Kumkum Bhagya.
And ow, things will surely go ‘skrrra pap pap ka ka ka skibidi pap pap and a pu pu drrr boom SKIAA’ at the auditorium.
For a man who has taught life lessons on stage with his shows, this story about Nicholas was not devoid of the usual bliss of youthful advice. It takes a deep step into how forcing young people to marry could end the wrong way.
Nicholas also addresses a very touchy subject of how men of God are not saints and may probably be begging for stuff unmarried get for free at a huge price in their marriages. You guessed right. So in short, not all glitters is gold.
Ebo Whyte’s play for the final quarter of 2017 is one to give hope for all the changing scenes of life. But the genius playwright in honour of Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams did not limit fans to just a true-life story.
He made sure the humour was lively, the suspense was intense and some scenes were a bit too scary for the faintly hearted.
Just note, that this was all a narration from a grown-up Nicholas point of view. How do you even do that with a stage play?
Ebo Whyte’s Nicholas has answers wrapped in great stage play characters, pitch-perfect singing, heart-wrenching scenes and the typical humour found in every play of his. Just don’t miss out.
‘Nicholas’ will show at the National Theatre on Saturday, November 25 and Sunday, November 26, 2017. It will be repeated on December 2 and December 3, 2017.