Joshua Alabi, the Nigerian director, is set to debut ‘Waterside’, his stage play, in December.


The play, Alabi says, explores the culture of totemism and taboos, and plagues in the Niger Delta.

He said it looks into the childhood of two main characters and the significance of culture, family, memories, and dreams.

The thespian added that ‘Waterside’ will be presented in Lagos on December 2, 3, 9, and 10.


“The play, set in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria explores its story from the eyes of 2 main characters through the theme of memory, family, poverty, and childhood,” Alabi said.

“But its core concept hinges on the subject of taboos and totemism, forest trees, animism, the links between the sky and earth, symbolism, links between the spiritual world of ancestors and people.

“Rituals and ceremonies which draw on these symbols often serve to link people with their cultural heritage, as well as their ancestral past.


“Tickets for ‘Waterside’ are available for purchase now at

“Regular tickets are ₦10,000, VIP tickets are ₦20,000, and premium tickets are ₦30,000.”

Alabi says the production arrives on the heels of two international awards the director has received this year.

Beyond directing, Alabi is also a skilled writer who creates compelling narratives.


He is a graduate of the University of Lagos with a degree in Theatre Arts.

Alabi has established himself as a leading force in the Nigerian arts scene.

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