Review of ‘Homeless’ A play by Village Minds productions

‘Homeless’ was screened at the Alliance Francaise as part of the Accra Theatre Viewing.

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Rarely do we see recoded stage-plays being showed in this part of the world.

But on Friday, July 7, 2017, Village Minds productions took it to the next step as they aired the much-talked about ‘Homeless’ stage-play.

Unlike previous plays, this time the show started on time although attendance was not that much encouraging. But it was obvious that the audience who graced the Alliance Francaise enjoyed themselves.

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The play ‘Homeless’ has a storyline that takes a look at the hustle that people go through on the streets just to make ends meet.

It explores the dangers of streetism, as well as the maltreatment that people living on the streets suffer in the hands of some privileged in society.

Having nowhere to go, they either become beggars, porters or begin to engage in unscrupulous ways in order to survive.

The main plot tells the story of two men, Abu and John, who left their respective homes in search of greener pastures on the streets of Tema Station.

The various scenes capture some of the sad moments that people living on the street go through, including rape from assailants and armed robbery.

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It also looks at the importance of valuing one’s  situation and working towards improving it rather than favour travelling to unknown cities in search of success.

‘Homeless’ fuses comedy, music and drama to great effect, with the audience open to a lot of lessons which reflect in our everyday life.

The subplots also focus on the pressure that some parents put on their wards in the journey of life. Both Abu and John moved to the city based on hearsay and on the insistence of their parents without knowing how tough life can be over there.

The play seeks to dispel the notion that one cannot make it in rural areas, while highlighting the daily threats that homeless people face as they live on the streets.

The lessons from ‘Homeless’ are countless, and it makes for true reflection, especially in this era where many people think travelling to other cities make life easy.

But despite the serious matter the play addresses, it still has scenes that make the audience laugh off their seats.

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If you were yet to see two beggars (well fake ones of course) fight over a sitting spot, then you should have watched the play ‘Homeless’.

And if you thought no pastor dances azonto, then you are wrong. In fact, in ‘Homeless’ these supposed pastors take their dance moves to a whole new level by jamming to Article Wan’s solo track.

Then there is also the scene of Abu and John fighting over money which they found in a dream. Yes, in a dream!

Once again it was a great show put up by Village Minds productions, but it wasn’t without some flaws either.

The fact that it was a recorded play obviously took some shine off the whole show. Also the storyline was sometimes very difficult to follow, with some of the subplots looking like totally fresh episodes.

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But in all it was a play that communicated its message very well and the audience totally loved it.

The drama industry is growing in Ghana, and Village Minds productions are certainly paying their dues. ‘Amale’ was great, ‘Homeless’ also has an intriguing storyline – the Accra Theatre Viewing can only get better.                                                                   

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