Ebonies’ Ensabatula on this weekend
Posted Tuesday, November 5 2013 at 00:00
The Ebonies were meant to wrap up their latest production Ensabatula, last weekend, but the response was overwhelming and they are set to hold two more shows next weekend. The musical drama also cast musicians Bobi Wine, Ragga Dee, Catherine Kusasira and Faridah Walden.
The play deals with the social issues in a lighter way that basically offers comic relief to the theatre goer. The playwright who is also director, JWK Ssembajwe uses Ensabatula to revive the good old days where the Ebonies did live stage performances.
Sam Bagenda alias Dr Bbosa, Fauziah Nakiboneka, Paul Jingo and Julie Underwood lead the cast in a showcase of different dances around and out of the country. The costume designer did a good job to portray the different cultures and the character portrayals are convincing.
In there, love as a subject is tackled in different ways, its trials and tribulations and the happiness, conflict and misery it can bring. Ssembajwe deals with love in a funny way that will get you tickled especially in one instance where a house help falls in love with her boss and she does everything she can to get his attention. Sadly for her, the boss is struggling with the emotional load of a loved one who is far away.
Music helps deliver these messages, and to even more serious subjects like child sacrifice and defilement which the playwright presents in songs, poetry and even employs speeches from leaders like American President Barrack Obama who speak passionately about the need to end this vice.
Aside the songs, the dialogue in the drama is punchy and engaging for both the light and more serious subjects. Ragga Dee and Kusasira graced last weekend’s performance and their input was as comical as their abilities to use their songs to suit and fit in particular situations. There is a back-up band and all performances are live. The light effects are good too and add to the glamour as the dancers do their thing, be it traditional or modern dance performances.
The play will be on this Saturday and Sunday for Shs25,000 for VIP and Shs30,000 for platinum seats. Ensabatula has also been performed in London and Dubai.