Mr. Ebo Whyte in Pink suit addressing the media after the play

by: michael eli dokosi /www.blakkpepper.com/ghana                                   

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After the premier of his new play, ‘Damaged Goods’, dramatist Uncle Ebo Whyte addressing the media mentioned that his new play was not based on ex-footballer, Nii Odartey Lamptey’s ordeal but had been in the works for two months.

He noted that life inspired the new work adding however that “life can be stranger than fiction sometimes.”

According to the man who is also trying his hands on novels, his plays are not solely relationship based as he has over ten plays on politics alone.

Asked by www.blakkpepper.com if a system is in place for his works to be in circulation should he expire suddenly, Mr. Whyte pointed out that there is a reason why he does not repeat plays adding he’s offered plays “every quarter for twenty years to offer his best while he can.”

However adding that although he is determined to offer volumes of work before he expires, among his crew are directors and playwrights who have handled production and succeeded in their own right so there was hope for the future.

Mr. Whyte was full of praise for main sponsor of ‘Damaged Goods’ play, Vodafone Ghana that their cash input and logistical support enabled them to dream and not be inhibited.

“A sponsor enables the team to dream. Gate revenue alone cannot foot all the bills so with a generous partner like Vodafone Ghana, the team can pay all expenses.”

Mr. Whyte adds: “the theatre’s air conditioners are not working and we had to rent mobile air conditioners for the show costing GH¢12,000 and had it not been Vodafone, the show would have been performed in the heat.”

For Vodafone Ghana’s Corporate Relations Manager, Ebenezer Amankwah, this is the second Ebo Whyte play the telco has sponsored noting: “our business offering is used by everyday Ghanaians and when there is real life in action on stage as put together by Roverman, we couldn’t help but support the production.”

Mr. Amankwah in black suit

Mr. Amankwah pointed out that those who purchased the ‘Damaged Goods’ ticket using Voda Cash enjoy a discount adding: “Vodafone Business Solution will continue to partner Roverman Productions for better relations and better production.”

According to Mr. James Ebo Whyte, he retains a staff of 120 who handle various aspects of his production and plays and while all might not be in a play as he introduces new faces in every play (Damaged Goods had about four new faces) some work in the front office, back office, help with promotion as well as those who do internal reviews of the plays who need to be paid.

Damaged Goods returns to the National Threatre on June 24 & 25 and July 1&2.

Tickets can be secured at the front desk of Joy FM, Frankies, Tema Community 11, East Legon and Sakaman Shell shops in Accra,  Haatso and Baatsona Total, 37 Goil, Quick and Fine Supermaket, opposite UPSA, and Motorway Supermarket.