Beeta Universal Arts Foundation BUAF is calling on playwrights to submit their works for the second annual BEETA Playwright Competition. The requirements that you have to be a Nigerian playwright, aged between 18 and 40, come with a proviso: terms and conditions apply.
The 1 Million Naira award comes with a publishing deal and guaranteed stage production, facilitated by the Foundation.
The inaugural BEETA Playwright Competition was won by Paul Ugbede, with the uproariously hilarious play Our Son the Minister, which highlights the extent to which family, friends and associates go to compel ministerial appointees to loot the Nigerian treasury.
The play was performed, to packed audiences, for several days, at the TerraKulture Arena in Lagos, last February.
BUAF was founded by the actor and drama producer Bikiya Graham Douglas, whose acting skills were most recently displayed in the hit TV series Battleground. The Foundation’s focus is to continuously project theatre as a viable and contemporary art form, expressing the skills of talented artisans by integrating popular culture in a way that would appeal to mass audiences of all age groups. For us, sustainability is important. BUAF currently in its sixth year, has engaged over four hundred and fifty individuals since inception through productions, art advocacy and art education.
BUAF was an affiliate of FELA on Broadway show when it toured to Lagos, and was commissioned by the UNESCO Port Harcourt World Book Capital to produce a Play on the history of The Book. BUAF was also engaged by the Nigerian Diplomatic Community in Ireland to produce a Play at the African Week in Dublin and has produced plays at the Cape Town Fringe Festival and Lagos Theatre Festival.