Theatre troupe set to break Guinness World Record for longest performance

The Eclipse Theatre Troupe, a collective of Nigeria’s most dynamic poets and performers, is poised to embark on an extraordinary journey to break the Guinness World Record for the longest theatre performance in Lagos.

Comprising Graciano Enwerem (Sir Grrraciano), Tamara Dogubo, Paul Word Uma, and David Odiase (The 78th Psalmist), this ensemble of artistic luminaries said they are gearing up to create a spectacle that transcends the ordinary, pushing the limits of continuous theatrical expression.

The inception of this groundbreaking venture dates back to October 2022 when the troupe captivated audiences at the Presidential Hotel, Port Harcourt. Despite a poignant setback with the loss of a beloved team member, Chijioke Agwu Ndukwe, the team’s unwavering spirit was reignited in March 2023. Hilda Baci’s Cookathon record-breaking feat served as a catalyst, inspiring them to aim for a Guinness World Record.

Scheduled to unfold between October 12 and 19, 2024, in the cultural heart of Lagos, the event promises an immersive experience through uninterrupted theatre. The chosen play, ” Things that come in the morning,” is a narrative tapestry woven with the shared struggles, victories, and aspirations of The Eclipse Theatre Troupe.

Graciano Enwerem, the visionary behind the endeavor, emphasizes, “This endeavor is not just about breaking records; it’s about breaking barriers and ushering in a new era of creative exploration in Nigerian theatre.”

The journey towards this historic event has been marked by creative challenges and logistical intricacies. Undeterred by these hurdles, the troupe remains resolute in their commitment to elevate Nigeria’s cultural heritage on a global stage.

Tamara Dogubo, an integral member of the ensemble, extends an invitation to the community, stating, “We invite our fellow Nigerians to be part of this extraordinary venture. Your support, whether through active participation, financial contributions, or sharing our story, is vital to realizing this monumental dream.”

As The Eclipse Theatre Troupe steps into the spotlight for their Guinness World Record attempt, they envision not just a triumph but a catalyst for inspiring the creative community in Nigeria and beyond. The impact of this historic undertaking is poised to resonate globally, creating new avenues for collaboration, cultural exchange, and artistic innovation.

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