Performed in the new Terra Kulture Arena was the incredible theatre art of Nigerian veteran actors Olu Jacobs and Joke Silvas Lufodo production, Heartbeat the musical.
The play combines drama, music and dance featuring Nollywood star Femi Jacobs, Big Brother celeb Thin Tall Tony (TTT) and a host of other talented artists.
Heartbeat is a romantic musical that tells the story of a shelter, Grace House, which unites a reformed rebel leader, an optimistic photographer and a young man in search of his parents. When they come face to face with their fate, they are moved to move on a journey of hope, love and faith.
The show started with a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem which sort of put the entire audience in awe and great expectation of what was to come.
The play opens by introducing us to some of the cast of the show with a beautiful music and dance performance.
The acting performances of the entire cast were pretty much like watching a super dope Hollywood movie, only that this time, it was Nigerian theatre art. The acting was pretty real so much that the audience exclaimed at a stabbing scene and a slap scene.
The lightings, sound, stage arrangement, costumes and makeup were perfectly organised to fit into the context of the play.
The story unfolded in a classic manner, commencing with the establishment of characters and later bringing these characters together in the setting of Grace House, where their purpose and lives would intertwine. Culture and a little bit of religion also spiced up the play, however it was good that much focus was not put on religion, but on moral standing because of the diversity of the audience.
In addition to its entertainment value, Heartbeat is strongly hinged on the Nigerian reality. Some familiar subjects, such as riots, corruption, power cuts, the consequent dependence on fuel and generators and the persistent discontent with government and its officials take up a massive chunk of its story.