Review of Judas & Delilah, a stage play by Latif Abubakar.
The confidence paid off when lovers of stage play trooped to the Accra International Conference Centre on the weekend of 6th and 7th May 2017 to witness what Latif had in store.
Attendance for Saturday’s 4 pm and 8 pm shows was to the maximum as organizers had to improvise during the 8pm show to find seats for fans who were still trooping in half way into the show. The heavy storm and rains on Sunday could also not prevent people from having a feel of what ‘Judas and Delilah’ was about.
The play took a different approach than usual. The integration of basic first aid tips made ‘Judas and Delilah’ as educative as possible.
Organizers of the show started with the announcement of emergency health helplines on the various communication networks in Ghana.
A choreography welcomed the fans who had waited for about 10 minutes on Saturday’s 8 pm show to start.
From there, it was the real deal.
Judas and Delilah is all about cheats and lies. A cheating watchman obsessed with a cheating nurse, Delilah who tries absolutely everything to get the attention of a cheating doctor.
The game gets interesting when Judas, nephew of the town’s chief, uses his uncle's gifts for Nurse Delilah to pave way for himself without even mentioning his uncle’s name.
Set in a town’s clinic, Judas and Delilah found perfect scenarios to infuse what to do when someone has a heart attack, when someone collapses and also simple first aid tips to treat burns.
Unraveling the mysteries in the cheat game coupled with lessons on one’s basic health needs, the play was not devoid of the characteristic humour as published.
The nature of another nurse at the hospital, Obaa who has an attitude and filled with pettiness made the audience laugh throughout the night. Obaa’s trouble of pronouncing words with ‘r’ and ‘l’ was a real highlight of the show as the audience accustomed themselves to him calling Nurse Delilah as ‘Derirah’ and his occasional way of ignoring an issue by saying ‘Whaleva’ instead of ‘Whatever’. There were moments when fans encourage Nurse Obaa to say ‘Whaleva’ and getting your audience as part of a stage play is a real plus.
Humour was written all over the characters of the play. Judas’s introduction into his storyline was bringing his goat for treatment. This act did not go down well a soldier man who had also come in for treatment after downgrading himself from an equipped hospital to the clinic for personal reasons.
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The town’s fetish priestess joins them with claims that her gods are not behaving as they should so need treatment from the doctor.
The chief’s wife who brings his husband to the hospital after a heart scare gets an epileptic seizure, something the show uses to teach on what to do in such a situation.
A guy with a fake foreign accent also infuses his side of not following the rules. And ow, there is another with a Dancingskon disease, an illness that makes him dance all the time.
All the acts come together with humour as the cheats are exposed one by one. Obaahema, Nana’s wife finds out her husband is cheating with Nurse Delilah. Nana also figures out his nephew, Judas uses all the gifts he gives him for the nurse to pave way for himself as he likes the nurse too.
The doctor is also exposed as news that he has impregnated the nurse, Nana’s wife Obaahema and the fetish priestess comes out. Doctor’s wife is also coming from the United Kingdom with their children too.
Judas & Delilah is closed with when Baba, the gateman comes to meet Delilah collapsed after finding out the doctor had played her too. Baba who has shown his affection for the beautiful nurse throughout the play makes a notable quote:
“At a point in time, every man go be goat. At a point in time every goat go chew grass.”
This is his way of saying having struggled and done unthinkable things to get Nurse Delilah, this was his time to ‘chew grass’. No sooner had he gone closer to kiss Delilah than the beautiful nurse rise from her unconsciousness.
Judas & Delilah crowned it with a dance form the cast.
Ekow Smith Asante acted as the Chief, Gloria Sarfoh as Nana Hemaa, Bright Jefferson as the Doctor, Shelter Say as Delilah, Prince Amoabeng as Judas, Eslie Annobi Wallace as Obaa, Abraham McPratt Dadzie, Samira Suh Nini Omar Farouk as the Fetish Priestess and Solomon Fixson Owoo as the Soldier.