Friday, September 20, 2013

A Short Interview With The Assistant Stage Manager For SARO The Musical: Ibukun Fasunhan

Ibukun Fasunhan is a graduate of Creative arts department, Unilag. He is a Director, Stage Manager, Actor and a Writer.
Which university did you attend and course?
Well I actually studied Theatre Art, Design and management, and presently am running my master programme at the University Of Lagos. 

What was your first show as a stage manager?
My First show as a stage manager was Moremi Ajasaro, Directed By Femi Oke and Written By lekan Balogun, that was my first show as a stage manager and it was very challenging..

What is the most rewarding aspect of working as a Assistant Stage Manager?
Being part of something as exciting as a theatre production. From the rehearsal stages, when as an asm you are sourcing props to the tech week and performances when you get to see all your hard work bring a show to life.

How do you feel been the Ast Stage manager for SARO The Musical?
Well I feel great, am happy because opportunities like this does not come every time.. it’s an honor to have me on this production and at the same time, i feel honored to be part of this history making event SARO The Musical.

Having done Musicals, would you say it is harder to stage manage them?
Yes, definitely. I strongly prefer musicals over plays, but they have a number of things that make them inherently harder.

How would you describe your stage management style?
Well this is different from other shows.. I actually have to put all what I studied in stage management to work also trying to bridge the cast and musical crew to work together.

What would you say to people out there who are enthusiastic to watch SARO The Musical Play when ready?
For everybody out there, I know you have seen different musicals in the country and those imported into the country. I am here to say that this is entirely from Nigerians; by the youths of this country, and our leaders in the Theatre industry.

Ibukun Fasunhanh has many Stage plays, Screen and Radio plays to his credit which includes; 'Heartbeat' for Garden Theatre, 'Kurunmi' for National Troupe of Nigeria, 'Lion and the Jewel' for Season of Soyinka, 'Many Colours Make The Thunder-King',  'Shaka Zulu' for Legendaire Theatre, 'Fear Abides With Me Constantly' for Oxzygen Koncepts amongst others. He has worked with notable directors like; Ben Tomoloju, Tunji Sotimirin, Tosan Ugbeye etc.

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