That The Rejected Stone may survive
Recently, Footprint of David, a theatre group that nurtures talents of children and young adults alike for the purpose of taking them off the streets, staged a drama, titled, The rejected stone, to the delight of its audience.
The drama tells the story of a stepmother, who maltreats her stepdaughter, hoping to get the best advantage for her daughter, both of whom are of the same age.
Fortune, however, smiles on her stepdaughter, as she ends up being the choice of the prince, a hero of war, to the envy of her stepmother, her siblings and to the admiration of all.
The Creative Art Director of Footprints of David Art, Seun Awobaje, said the group is a community-based humanitarian project based in Bariga, a suburb area of Lagos, where social vices and child abuse are pronounced, yet with loads of talented street children.
“With this group, we cater for the interests and talents of children and young adults alike and take them off the streets and sundry vices,” he said.
The group has about 750 children from pre-school ages to university who are able to acquire education through the goodwill of groups and individuals, and the little they make from their performances.
Awobaje, therefore, solicited for help from well meaning groups and the public to come to their aid as schools reopening and the children will need school supplies.
Professor of Theatre, Film and Cultural Studies, at the Lagos State University, Tunji Azeez, lauded the performance describing it as top notch. According to him, “the level of concentration of the kids, the artistry and professionalism, you won’t expect that they are kids.”
He continued, “This is a troupe that needs support from individuals, government and corporate bodies. Imagine that this young man is taking the kids off the street, off crime of all sorts, this is a troupe that must be supported by all means.”