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A DIRECTOR’S DEATH IN PLAY PRODUCTION: THE EXPERIENCE OF THE LEOPARD OF KALAMA

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Directing is an art where the individual involved or director takes charge of the process of play production in a theatre, with the view of achieving success during the performance or performances. The intention of the paper is to examine the harrowing experience of a director during play production which incidentally interfere with his vision; upsetting his directorial approach or concept. The research is based on a personal directing experience of the play, “The Leopard of Kalama” written by Akpos Adesi. Materials gathered from literature are used to validate the discontentment of the director during his sad experience. In the production of “The Leopard of Kalama”, the director went through a number of incidents with personnel in charge of the different arts of the theatre including the producer. Such incidents unfortunately undermined his artistic competence and marred the production. In the same way, directors with similar episodes suffer terminal setback and deflation of self-esteem. This invariably creates an ambience of death in their craft.

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