Over the weekend, I went to see a stage play entitled Still A Rose. A stage play that had it’s theme on domestic violence. An important subject I found captivating in itself that a stage play addressed. It is a Fiifi Coleman Production that featured amazing actors and singers like Adjetey Annan; one I was surprised about his singing prowess and the very funny comedian Clemento Suarez. It was indeed beautiful.
The story opens with a beautiful piece of music by an obviously talented singer, Sandra who was also cast for the play. That obviously showed us there was going to be more songs which I found quite interesting although very much unexpected. I love the plot of the story and how strategically and entertainingly they addressed the subject of domestic violence.
The stage play addressed very important points on domestic violence such as;
- The high probability of it being passed on from generation to generation: In the play, Stella Rose, the main character who suffered abuse from her husband, had witnessed her mother suffer abuse just as her mother had witnessed her own mother suffer abuse. This is usually passed on when there is normalization of this appalling trend of abuse in a household which takes me to my next point.
- Normalization of abuse: We witnessed Stella Rose after being slapped by her husband and her little daughter inquired, she was told by her mother that it was only a display of love and affection. The child believed this which is absolutely detrimental to the upbringing of any child on her formation of ideas on love and abuse.
- The escalation of domestic violence: As the main character in the play was abused, we realized that it always escalated. It started verbally, then it got physical, then the target became her daughter, then their lives were threatened. That’s why it’s important to take the required action when the first flag is seen.
- The unrealistic fear and taboos associated with divorce: We see her mother and grandmother trying to use the bible and religion to keep Stella Rose in the abusive relationship when in fact she should have fled. We see her show fear of never finding happiness again if she broke up with her husband when in fact there was more to her life than the den she called a marriage. These truths were displayed so beautifully with a character I was so happy to see which brings me to this point.
- The tough life of an ex-convict: Even though this had nothing to do with domestic violence, I was glad this issue was addressed. Where we could see in a play where an ex-convict was judged and mistreated for a mistake he made in the past without any benefit of doubt. The unwillingness of people to give him a second chance to life. It is later revealed the sad story behind his actions that led to his imprisonment. Making this known to the audience in my view, was beautiful.
- The final thing I loved about the play which seems the most important to me was the fact that a male being a victim of domestic violence being portrayed as a real occurrence. It was however played by a very good comedian; Clemento Suarez which for me, downplayed the seriousness of this reality. I believe it was not the intent of the director, but the fact that his role was played by a very funny comedian, definitely downplayed something that had been taken lightly already in our society. Apart from that, I loved the play and I pray for more like this that which will make a difference in the thinking and knowledge of people concerning such important issues.
The Fiifi Coleman Productions did an amazing work on this and deserves all the accolades to do more. Big ups!