"The second year is always brutal"
After spending 2016 exploring the different platforms for storytelling, I figured out my preferred medium : audio
But in order to tell a good story in audio,
One - You need a good story
Two - And the voice to deliver it.
So I spent 2017 working on my writing (selling theatrical scripts/ commissioned texts) and performing with my voice (live storytelling).
It was brutal; I wasn't always happy with the work; But every time I heard my words being performed in front of an audience, I experienced quite the high.
Thank you to all the companies & individuals that invested in my stories!
DECEMBER 2017 :
MESSIAH ( narration )
An original dance performance based on the work by G. F Handel adapted by Jaime Alexander Diaz and Elisabeth Efua Sutherland with narration by Yaba Armah.
PRODUCED by Elisabeth E. Sutherland
DATE 28. 12. 17
NOVEMBER 2017 :
THE SEAMSTRESS OF ST. FRANCIS STREET (script adaptation )
The country is Ghana. The year is 1958; One year after achieving independence. Spirits are high. Ghanaians abroad rush home to be part of this new chapter in Ghana's history but Korkor comes back for different reasons ; she is on the run.
A Ghanaian adaptation by Yaba Armah. Original by Mario Farwell
PRODUCED by DramaQueens GH.
DATE 25.11.17 & 26.11.17
OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2017 :
THINGS MY THERAPIST SAID (written series)
In the wake of the 2017 gas explosion at Atomic Junction, Accra, this is a short series of written pieces that explores Mental Health in Ghana and its supporting institutions.
WRITTEN by Yaba Armah
SEPTEMBER 2017 :
AN AFRICAN WALKS INTO AN ECHO CHAMBER ( script )
The fourth season of the popular series, 'An African Walks..." comes in right at the heels of the controversial United States Presidential Election, in which our society is forced to face facts about the detrimental effect of living in social media echo chambers.
As one of the 9 writers selected to present stories on the theme, Yaba Armah in collaboration with Elisabeth Sutherland used RuPaul, the drag race queen, to showcase the humourous side of blindly following the crowd and marching to one ridiculous tune.
PRODUCED by Accra Theatre Workshop
MAY 2017 :
UNTIL SOMEONE WAKES UP ( adaptation )
A play from real people's stories and experiences with sexual violence.
Adapted by Yaba Armah & Akosua Hanson
PRODUCED by DramaQueensGh
DATE 26.05.2017 & 27.05.2017
MY VERY FIRST TIME ( live storytelling )
A young girl recounts her very first sexual encounter and the extenuating circumstances that led her there.
Written and performed by Yaba Armah
A TOUCH OF LIGHTENING ( radio reading )
A pack of violent boys try to hunt a young woman down along the coastline of Labadi. But this young woman has more than a few tricks up her sleeve
Radio read for Writers Project of Ghana on CitiFM
"Tail's End begins producing stories with its first anthology series, THE CROOKED LENS."
In 2016 I got my hands dirty and produced twelve short stories using film, text, animation, theatre and audio.
I had a lot of fun and met some fantastic people along the way.
Thank you all for making my 2016 hour a blast and I look forward to creating many more memories with you in 2017!
SEPT'16 with Accra Theatre Workshop
A Tail's End play, Mr. Lika, is one of six plays selected in the yearly Accra Theatre Workshop production of An African Walks...
july'16 with she leads africa
July's episode of the Crooked Lens, Things I Should Not Say, is featured on She Leads Africa.
june'16 with alliance francaise
Episode 5 of The Crooked Lens, Forsaken, is one of eight selected shorts to compete in the 4th Ghana Francophone Film Festival.
Film/ Fiction/ Satire :
"We are on the brink of Ghana's 2016 Presidential Elections and everybody has an opinion but how much do we really KNOW about GHANA?"
ACTORS : James Brown (mason) , Jamal Shaibu (patient), Madam Buabeng (Housewife), Andrew Dartey (Doctor), Francis Koufie (Student), Yaba Armah (Returnee), Bright Tetteh Ackwerh (Narrator)
DIRECTOR: Emelia Asiedu,
WRITER, EDITOR: Yaba Armah,
VIDEOGRAPHER : Andrew Dartey (FOTO DEPOT),
Special Thanks to CAFEMONDO & CLARON HEALTH INTERNATIONAL for letting us use their premises
JULY 2016 :
THINGS I SHOULD NOT SAY
Audio/ Poetry :
"Unlearning the culture of silence to avoid uncomfortable conflict"
NARRATION : Elisabeth E. Sutherland ( Accra Theatre Workshop) ,
WRITER, EDITOR : Yaba A. Armah (Tail's End)
JUNE 2016 :
"A young girl struggles to stay afloat on a strange lake"
ACTORS : Miinshe So - Armah, Cynthia So-Armah (EYE 1), Kaku so-armah (Narrator,EYE 2)
PRODUCER: Tail's End,
DIRECTOR, WRITER, ANIMATOR, EDITOR : Yaba A. Armah (Tail's End)
MARCH 2016 :
Film/ Fiction/ Thriller :
"Nhyira Owusu is your average, failing, university student on a trip to Northern Ghana."
ACTORS : Yaba A. Armah (Narrator), Emelia Asiedu (Nhyira Owusu), Jamal Shaibu (Kwame), Esmond Aggrey (Ghana boy Macho)
PRODUCER: Tail's End,
DIRECTOR, WRITER, EDITOR : Yaba A. Armah (Tail's End) ,
VIDEOGRAPHER : Andrew Dartey ( Foto Depot),
VIDEOGRAPHER ASSIST 1: Brian,
VIDEOGRAPHER ASSIST 2: Michael,
INTERN: Francis Kwoufie,
SOUNDTRACK : Beats By Paq & Kazadi
FEBRUARY 2016 :
Film/ fiction/comedy :
"A young woman deals with the horrors of pregnancy fears when living in Accra."
ACTORS Emelia Asiedu (Girl), Jamal Shaibu (Boy), Andrew dartey (customer), Sena asante (pharmacist1), anna-lisa rowie hammond (pharmacist 2), yaba a. armah(pharmacist 3)
PRODUCER: Tail's End,
DIRECTOR, EDITOR, SET DESIGNER, WRITER : Yaba a. armah,
VIDEOGRAPHER: Andrew dartey
PHOTOGRAPHER: Sena asante,
JANUARY 2016 :
Documentary /Non-Fiction :
"A young Bo struggles to get safely out of Burundi in the heat of its 2016 Civil War."
PRODUCER: Tail's End
DIRECTOR, VIDEOGRAPHER, EDITOR : Yaba A. Armah,