After a successful screening of the sensational play ‘Philomena; Interview with a Prostitute’ in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, veteran writer and director, Bimbo Manuel is once again teaming up with actress, talk show host and producer, Monalisa Chinda, alongside her team at Kike Productions, to bring the magic of the inimitable star-studded play to Abuja.
Filled with prolific performers including Monalisa Chinda, Francis Duru, Ejike Asiegbu, Don Kester Oshioraeme, Tammy Abusi, among others, produced by one of the best crop of industry veterans; Monalisa Chinda, Bimbo Manuel and Rekiya Ibrahim Attah, in a story that skillfully tells an incredible story about the profound experiences of three characters.
A failed journalist, a retired prostitute and a frustrated teacher, who share their own stories of the Nigerian social, economic and cultural factors that have stagnated their lives. With humour, satire and anecdotes, “Philomena”, the play, is inspired by a real interview with a stripper and is a story that was demanded to be told.
According to Executive Producer, Monalisa Chinda: “After a groundbreaking show in Port Harcourt, we were thrilled and impressed by the flood of requests and the popular demand to bring Philomena to Abuja. One of the best and most profound things I have experienced while reading about Philomena – an interview with the prostitute is the wit, the satire, the lessons, the spontaneity and the serendipity behind the characters – Philomena, Area and Wesley.
The intrigues that surround this multidimensional drama finally culminate in this epic and final decision which frees Philomena from her inner battles. It resonates so well with my mission of the Arise Monalisa Foundation. This provides support and life opportunities for girls, women and young people.”
According to Bimbo Manuel, “Philomena: Interview with a Prostitute cannot be contained in a single book now. Like a small acorn, ‘Philomena’, the small intensive piece, has become a massive, starry theatrical phenomenon.
“Philomena live in Abuja” is written and directed by scholar Bimbo Manuel, produced by Monalisa Chinda, Bimbo Manuel and Rekiya Attah, executive produced by Monalisa Chinda and Bimbo Manuel and supported by Amstel Malta.
The performances of Philomena Live in Abuja will start from July 22, 2022 to July 24, 2022, with an exclusive variety show on the latter date at the NAF Conference Centre, Kado, Abuja, all in a red carpet atmosphere and great music.