“Ga-AD!” is our 2016 Theatre Production Apprenticeship. This means that it is the play that we used to train apprentices in our on-the-job hands-on training.
“Ga-AD!” is a bold and bawdy take on Pentecostal evangelism and the so-called prosperity gospel and the place of women in this prosperity.
Faith is dead.
At least as far as she knows, Faith, a loyal servant of God, has departed the world of the living and entered into the After-Life.
The casualty of a gruesome road accident in the heart of chaotic Kampala-Jinja Highway, Faith’s spirit leaves its battered body, but her memories of Life linger, raw and painful.
Is this Heaven or is it Hell?
To get the answers she still craves, Faith must not only understand where she has come to; she must also understand where she has come from.
From her new vantage, Faith must look back at her Life on earth and struggle to understand it – the dubious morality, the unnecessary pain and suffering, and her part in it. Could she have done differently or better? Or, was she just the victim of a very bad joke, called Life? Faith begins an exploration of Ministry on earth, beginning with the cruel, money-grabbing sex-craze Apostle Jeremiah who has used his church to prey on followers like Faith.
Can Faith restore balance to a world corrupted by men? Of megalomaniac pastors, their desperate trophy wives, manipulative side dishes, randy brethren, naive sisters-in-Christ, Ga-AD is a poignant play-poetry hybrid that does not offer easy solutions. But it shakes the roots of our beliefs and does not shirk the questions of human existence.
Play Inspiration and Journey
Ga-AD! was inspired by a poem that Ugandan poet and founding director of the Babishai Niwe Poetry Award, NAMBOZO Beverley Nsengiyunva shared on facebook in 2013. Ugandan Playwright Adong Lucy Judith saw the poem on facebook while in graduate film school at Temple University in Philadephia, USA and was moved by it. Adong reached out to Beverley with an idea to write a play inspired by the poem. Beverley was open to the collaboration and shared with Adong a collection of poems she wrote based on research in Kampala Pentecostal Churches. After reading these inspiring poems, Adong decided she didn’t want to lose the richness of the poems, hence the idea for an Experimental Play-Poetry Hybrid Theatre, an hybrid audiences have continued to enjoy immensely wherever the play has been showcased.
ADONG Lucy Judith,
Director, Playwriter & Producer
NAMBOZO Beverley Nsengiyunva,
SSEBAGGALA Andrew Jedidiah
Director, Playwright & Producer
An alumna of Sundance Theater Lab, Royal Court Theatre International Playwrights Residency and Renowned Hollywood Director, Mira Nair’s Maisha Film Lab currently living in her home country Uganda, ADONG is a Theater/Film Creative Director, Writer & Producer, who creates captivating plays and films that provoke and promote dialogue on social issues affecting underprivileged groups.
She is a 2015 graduate of Temple University MFA Film and Media Arts, under the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship 2012, where she also took classes in MFA Theatre Directing and Playwriting. She also taught classes in International Cinema and Screenwriting. She won the Margaret McNamara Memory Fund Education Grant USA/Canada 2014 and was voted among the WHO IS WHO in American Universities and Colleges 2015.
Adong also holds a B.A (Arts), Subjects-Luo Language, Literature and Drama and a Diploma in Music, Dance and Drama, both of Makerere University’s Department of Performing Arts and Film, where she currently Lectures courses in Creative Writing, Directing and Producing.
Ga-AD! is Adong’s 3rd major Theatre Directing Project. In 2015, she made her Theatre Directing debut on the powerful Acholi Production of her renowned play, Silent Voices, which toured Gulu, Kitgum, Lira and Kampala. She also directed the Refresher Rehearsals of the English Production of the same play as powerful directed by New York based Director, Dennis Hilton-Reid in 2012. Adong has also directed a powerful 50mins Film, Right Song, Wrong C(h)ord, her MFA Thesis Film that explores Racism in the USA through the love story of a young Ugandan woman and a young Caucasian American man, based on her own experience in the Metropolitan City of Philadelphia, where she lived for three years while pursuing Graduate Film Studies.
Play titles to her name includes: Silent Voices (Justice for War Crime Victims in Northern Uganda), Just Me, You and THE SILENCE (Gay Rights Struggle in Uganda), Ga-AD (Uganda’s Pentecostal Church Religious Politics), A Time to Celebrate (Child Sacrifice Practices in Uganda), Holy Maria (A 10mins play on Social Media Deception that featured at Zimbabwe International Arts Festival) and Blood ( Modern Day Adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry’s Les Blancs that featured at 48 Hours in Harlem, a 10mins play writing and production challenge within 48 hours hosted by the OBIE Award-Winning Harlem 9 and the National Black Theatre, New York.
Her plays have been presented in different theatres in New York, London, Toronto and Chicago and/or has been/is being studied at Princeton University, Dartmouth College, New York University and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hills, where she has also been invited as a Visiting Artist.
“… This is an important piece that deserves to be heard and we are pleased to be providing an opportunity for audiences to connect with its message”, Kevin Spacey, Oscar Award-Winning actor and Artistic Director of the Old Vic Theatre in London, on Adong’s play Just Me, You and THE SILENCE that he hosted to a 1, 000+ gala audience in November 2012.
Adong is also a Published Writer by MacMillan and Fountain Publishers and has worked as a Professional Acholi-English/English-Acholi Translator and Interpreter for many Organizations and Companies including the Commonwealth Secretariat Election Observers (2006), The International Criminal Courts and United Nations Children Education Funds (UNICF) among others.
Before going to Graduate Film School in the USA, Adong worked on a number of Film, Television and Radio Drama Projects in Uganda, Kenya and South Sudan, which includes among others: as Screenwriter, Lost Dreams (Land Mines Awareness Film by Great Lakes Film Production Ltd/Handicap International, Uganda, 2011), Creator and Writer, The Nurse Mildred Radio Drama (a 24-Episodes Radio Drama Series on Family Planning and HIV by John Hopkins University Health Department 2011), Staff Screenwriter, The Agency (M-NET Hour Long Original Television Drama Series Set in Nairobi, Kenya 2009) and Creator and Writer, River Yei Junction (a 13-Episodes Radio Drama Series on Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law by Resource Centre for Civil Leadership in Yei, South Sudan 2008).
NAMBOZO Beverley Nsengiyunva
Beverley Nambozo Nsengiyunva is a poet and art manager, who founded the Babishai Niwe (BN) Poetry Foundation that coordinates a global voices annual poetry, publishes poetry and trains children in creative literacy.
She is a certified leadership trainer through the highly acclaimed Haggai International Institute and a public speaker, who has led motivational talks and trainings world-wide in England, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania and Egypt for leaders, journalists, academics and organisations.
She was Uganda’s 2014 BBC Commonwealth Games poet, long-listed for the Short Story Day Africa prize and shortlisted for the Poetry Foundation Ghana prize 2013, first runner-up in the international erbacce-press poetry competition 2010 and her chapbook collection, Unjumping, was published in the same year.
Her works have appeared in Wasafiri, Drumvoices Revue, Kwani? Postcolonial journal, Lawino Magazine, Short Story Day Africa, KUT Journal, New Black Magazine, Expound Magazine, EVENT Magazine and others.
In 2012, Nambozo received a Distinction in Masters in Creative Writing from Lancaster University.
SSEBAGGALA Andrew Jedidiah
The Producing Director of Silent Voices Uganda, Ssebaggala is also the Founding Director of House Of Talent East Africa Ltd a Performing and Creative Arts Company, who has been an Arts Manager for over 10 years. He is a Professional Business Development Consultant, Producer, Production Manager, Events Manager, Media Planner, Singer, Storyteller and Arts Facilitator.
Andrew supports and collaborates with a number of creative arts initiatives and institutions including the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Uganda National Cultural Centre/National Theatre and Babishai Niwe (BNPA) among others.
He holds a Diploma in Music, Dance and Drama, Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management and Post graduate studies in Business Administration in Marketing from Makerere University.
He has worked for the Eastern Africa Theatre Institute-Uganda National Chapter managing 3 Sida (Swedish International Development Agency) funded Artistic Projects- Dramatool, PACSEA-Performing Arts Collaboration between Swedish and Eastern Africa and EATI. He has also worked for the following creative arts projects: UMOJA-the cultural flying carpet in Uganda, NUVO arts Festival, the Annual World Culture Day, and the annual dance collaborative project between Makerere University’s Performing Arts and Film Department and the Norwegian Dance College.
Creative Directing Apprentice
MWANJA Allan Samuel
Creative Directing Apprentice
Creative Directing Apprentice
Dance & Mov't choreography Apprentice
Set & Props Design Apprentice
Sound Design Apprentice
SSENJOVU Patrick J
as Apostle Jeremiah / God
NALONGO Eronie Bazongere
as Eve / Aunt Misubbaawa
as Mrs. Kukkiriza / Toto / Joy
as Mrs. Katushabe / Heaven / Girl Child
as Mrs. Blessed / Shauna / Beauty
BBUMBA Robert Ernest
as Mr. Mwanje / Isaiah / Junior
as Mr. Infinity / Christmas / Boy child
as Mr. Mugagga / Kagwa / Jojo
as Fanny / Congregation Member
as Gift Jeremiah II
as Bell Boy / Congregation Member
IBANDA Grace Flavia
Dance & Mo'vt Choreographer/ Trainer /Stage Manager
Set and Props Designer / Trainer
Sound Designer / Trainer
Costumes , Hair & Make-Up Designer
Ass. Costumes , Hair & Make-Up Designer
TEZIGATWA Job Ivan
Cinematographer / Editor/ Graphic Designer