Men have always been seen as superhumans. They’re expected to always show strength and not weakness no matter the situation or scenario. Bolanle tells the story from the man’s point of view, vividly showing the world that men are humans with fears, emotions, and needs.
With Man Enough, we experience BAP at the peak of excellence, staging a play that rouses emotions, creates awareness, and inspires change in those who watch it.
The plot of Man Enough
Bruno portrays the aura of a regular alpha male, with his wealth, confidence, and intensity. But what people do not know is that he isn’t as sure of himself as he tries to portray. And all he does is make people think that he has figured out his life when in reality, he is scared like everyone else.
Onyilo seems like a regular businessman who is trying to achieve more and feels like he doesn’t have enough yet. But to achieve what he wants, he has to put pressure on himself, go the extra mile, and do better than he is currently doing.
Thino lives in a world where he uses religion as a distraction. He tries to hide from situations by using religion to cover up his confusion and fears.
For the first time in Nigerian theatre, the various pressures men deal with on a daily basis were shown on stage. BAP brings to people’s faces, the need to have the conversation about the unfair way men are treated in society and why several stereotypical narratives must be changed.
Bolanle looked at our society today and found a major flaw and injustice done to men. And in effect, she put this problem into writing and turned it into a story. A story she wished would get people talking and consequently change the narrative.
After getting her story on lockdown, she brought in the perfect actors to bring her characters to life. Being a firm believer in showcasing only excellence, the Director – Bolanle Austen-Peters makes the cast and crew put in months’ worth of time into rehearsing and readying the stage for the opening.
Costumes, lights, and decorations are not overlooked in the production of Man Enough. Bolanle showcases only the best, so she ensures that the tiniest details were not overlooked in the rehearsals and preparations following the premiere of the play.
The casting for the play was intentional. It was thorough, and that is one of the many reasons why Bolanle Austen-Peters is renowned in the world of theatre. She searched and found only the people who could communicate her story to her audience in the best way.
The actors who brought the characters to life include Iyke Okechukwu, Josephine Ewuru, Ralph Okoro, Moshood Fattah, Ayo Ayoola, Juliana Olayode, Gideon Okeke, and Tana Adelana.
Man Enough is a depiction of the everyday life of the average man, Nigerian or otherwise. BAP so effortlessly (or so she makes it) portrays how much of a problem both gender face when men are easily tossed aside when they show less “manly” traits. There is no one who would have done the Man Enough production better than Bolanle Austen-Peters and she did not disappoint.