Ebo Whyte zooms in on culture and leadership in ‘The Woman In the Bathroom’

‘The Woman In the Bathroom’ tackles corruption, emphasizes Ghana’s rich cultural heritage and preaches good leadership skills.

Those who normally vist the auditorium would definitely have thought that a big musical show or pageantry was being hosted. For those who rarely attend shows, though, you are forgiven for thinking the National Theatre can only be full to capacity when the gate fees are free.

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But wait; there’s a third group: The Uncle Ebo Whyte fanatics, of whom I would qualify as no.1.

The legendary playwright and author is famed for sold-out shows and his latest stage play, titled ‘The Woman In the Bathroom’, was no different.

‘The Woman In the Bathroom’ is a stage play with tells the story of a young ambitious man called Nanasei Agyeman – an actor whose career was blossoming in Hollywood.

Just like every level-headed young man, Nanasei decided to return to Ghana to settle down with the love of his life, Ruu.

But as fate will have it, he was kidnapped on his wedding day by a group of “fetish” people wearing masks and chanting war songs.

How cruel and sad, right? Just hold it there!

Well, not really. It turned out that Nanasei was of royal blood and was actually the heir to the throne in his village.  So basically he had been abducted to be crowned king.

I told you to hold it. Not cruel or sad after all, right?

But as the Hollywood star that he is, Nanasei is now torn between pursuing his acting dream and giving up all the fame to serve his people.

Has fate been fair to him? Can he have both? And what about his bride, who he was made to abandon at the alter? Can he have all three? ‘The Woman In the Bathroom’ has all the answers.

By now I’m sure you are wondering who this woman in the bathroom is and how she managed to find herself in the title of the stage play when she is not the main character.

Think no further. The said woman in the bathroom is an intriguing character who plays the role of an ancestor who offers to guide Nanasei on how to become a good king.

Now if you have never seen a 200-year-old ghost who walks in three persons, then you should meet the character Abrewa Tiwaa.

‘The Woman In the Bathroom’ fuses drama, satire and a bit of poetry. The various scenes discuss the essence of valuing our culturing heritage even in this modern age.

It tackles the leadership crises that has blighted Ghana and the world, and preaches firmness, bravery and direction as the solution to this crisis.

There is also the controversial Mr. Baah, who plays the role of a billionaire and father to Ruu, Nanasei’s love.

It turns out that the King who was succeeded by Nanasei was murdered by Mr. Baah after he tried to fight off the latter’s logging and illegal mining activities in the community.

Now, with the king being in love with Ruu, will he be able to rebuke her father? And, after learning that his father in-law murdered his uncle, the previous king, how will he handle it?

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As usual with every stage play by Uncle Ebo Whyte, there is the bit which brings suspense. In ‘The Woman In the Bathroom’, you will witness many things for the first time: A harmless, talking lion; a walking, not flying, eagle; and a friendly, passionate ox.

There is nothing like perfection in this world, but this stage play was close in this regard. The setting was faultless, the cast was flawless and the lights and sounds were also unalloyed.

In all, ‘The Woman In the Bathroom’ was a great show and thousand-plus fans who trooped to the National Theatre had a great time.

For those who missed; there’s another opportunity to relive the moment, as the play will be staged again on 7 & 8July, 2018, at 4 and 8pm.

Better grab your ticket now!!!


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