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Actor, Moshood Fattah, Gives Reason Why Theater Production Is More Enjoyable Than Film Production

Moshood Fattah, a young and established theater Artist, has refuted popular claims that theater is more complicated than filmmaking.

The graduate of Performing Arts at the University of Ilorin, in his Instagram post, outlined the reasons he believes live performance is more enjoyable compared to film and screen production.

Fattah, who is portraying the role of ‘Ela; in the theater production “Queen Moremi the Musical” described as laughable the claims that film making is easier compared to a theater production.

According to him, the hard part of the theater “is in its perpetuity; harnessing the mental and physical discipline to deliver the same level of performance over and over and over again”

 

Read his full post.

When people say theatre is harder than film, they are quick to tell you it’s because of the lengthy rehearsals and its “one take” style of performance. I find these reasons laughable because really these are the easy parts.

The hard part of theatre is in its perpetuity; harnessing the mental and physical discipline to deliver the same level of performance over and over and over again- I think it’s a potentially dangerous job, especially when playing roles that push you to navigate the murky parts of your mind and heart.

For instance, playing Ela in @queenmoremithemusical required that I put myself in a “deathrow” state of mind right before and during my “death scene”; what goes through a man’s mind as he approaches death? Regret? Fear? Hope? Pain? Pride?Joy? Do memories of his life flash before his eyes?

In this case my character dies right in front of his mother, yeah, how about that for a challenge? I didn’t want to play the scene with a gimmick; contorting my face and forcing tears for dramatic effect- the scene was a very important scene, if I faked it I risked undermining the scene and the entire play!!! So I swore to come at that scene with nothing but honesty each and everytime- 19 TIMES! On many occasions twice in a day.

At some point during the run I actually went into that head space 10 times in 5 days- ofcourse it wasn’t easy, on a couple of occasions I beat myself up for not sinking deep enough, then there were the headaches and nervous breakdowns and certain audience members who would laugh during that moment! Nigerian audiences sha…

In any case, I’m grateful to everyone who came to see the show, thank you for supporting real art. All I need now is a vacation but no- my next project said “no time”. It is well. Ire o!”

 

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When people say theatre is harder than film, they are quick to tell you it's because of the lengthy rehearsals and its "one take" style of performance. I find these reasons laughable because really these are the easy parts. The hard part of theatre is in its perpetuity; harnessing the mental and physical discipline to deliver the same level of performance over and over and over again- I think it's a potentially dangerous job, especially when playing roles that push you to navigate the murky parts of your mind and heart. For instance, playing Ela in @queenmoremithemusical required that I put myself in a "deathrow" state of mind right before and during my "death scene"; what goes through a man's mind as he approaches death? Regret? Fear? Hope? Pain? Pride?Joy? Do memories of his life flash before his eyes? In this case my character dies right in front of his mother, yeah, how about that for a challenge? I didn't want to play the scene with a gimmick; contorting my face and forcing tears for dramatic effect- the scene was a very important scene, if I faked it I risked undermining the scene and the entire play!!! So I swore to come at that scene with nothing but honesty each and everytime- 19 TIMES! On many occasions twice in a day. At some point during the run I actually went into that head space 10 times in 5 days- ofcourse it wasn't easy, on a couple of occasions I beat myself up for not sinking deep enough, then there were the headaches and nervous breakdowns and certain audience members who would laugh during that moment! Nigerian audiences sha… In any case, I'm grateful to everyone who came to see the show, thank you for supporting real art. All I need now is a vacation but no- my next project said "no time". It is well. Ire o!

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Joshua Oyenigbehin is an introvert who is passionate about Storytelling, writing, and teaching. He sees his imagination as an unsearchable world, more magical than a fairyland. He has written a novel and working on another

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