Ubong Umoren David Puts God On Trial In Lagos

Ubong Umoren David Puts God On Trial In Lagos

An adaptation of “God on Trial” will be on stage in Lagos Easter Sunday, April 16 at the Lecture Theatre Hall of the University of Lagos by 4pm.
Originally written for the screen by Frank Cottrell-Boyce, a British screenwriter, novelist and occasional actor known for his children’s fiction and several other award-winning works, it is a deep sobering tale.
Adapted for the first time ever for stage by Ubong Umoren David of jbwSTUDIOS, it is also going to be staged for the first time in Nigeria.
David, the founder of jbwSTUDIOS, said rehearsals for the production have since been concluded, explaining that the play will take place at the University of Lagos Auditorium.
All those involved in the project, he assured, are “truly happy to be associated with this great piece of work”.
David, who has been in touch with Cottrell-Boyce from inception of the project, said the Britain is equally enthusiastic about the staging of “God on Trial in Lagos.”
He told this newspaper that the production addresses the question of ‘Faith’ as well as the theme of ‘Suffering’.
“This has been put together for stage to address the above quandaries and create a thought-provoking ambiance that seeks to answer most questions relating to the subject matter,” he said.
“In 2009 I started out the adventurous quest of marrying the art. I began working with the Jos Repertory Theatre situated in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria as an actor and playwright in 2010. Having extended services with the firm for six-years, I started a theatre firm officially in July 2016 primarily to craft healthy works to promote the human race using the arts as the tool,” he stated.
God on Trial is based on a legend that a group of prisoners held a mock trial to determine whether or not God was guilty of the suffering in the world. In the play the actors are from all walks of life, a doctor, a rabbi, a glove maker, a professor and a criminal, to name a few. The prisoners have been selected for extermination in the gas chambers the next day. As they try to make sense of all that has happened to them, they also wonder where God is in all of this. Some are afraid to question God. Others are ready to curse God.
jbwSTUDIOS is a not-for-profit growing theatrical firm with a writers’ hub where original works of art are composed and communicated to the society with intent to use the arts as a tool to communicate strong values, transforming lives in every aspect of life and living that stands the human race.
The Mission of jbwSTUDIOS is to use the arts as an effective tool for communicating healthy values to transform lives, families and societies and create a colony of fun.
jbwSTUDIOS had its first production on May 1, 2016. A fast-track and intriguing conversational play titled Bullion Stride written by Umoren Ubong David and directed by Osasogie Guobadia. The production was staged at the Joshua Dariye Hall of Plateau Polytechnic in Jos, Nigeria grossing a huge reception with attendance of a 180 persons. It was later selected as one of the featured plays in the Jos Festival of Theatre the same year.