Monday, March 8, 2021, 18:30 EET (GMT +02:00)

Sierra Leone

Director: Mamadu BJ Jalloh / Sierra Leone

Actor: Petronela Zurba

Episode: Day 8. Story 7

about the Director

Mamadu BJ Jalloh

Mamadu BJ. Jalloh is a writer, radical theatre director and versatile performer. He is a University graduate with Cultural Studies and Theatre Arts from the University of Sierra Leone. He is the current Director of Education at the Sierra Leone Centre of the International Theatre Institute. He is also the current President and Creative Director for the University of Sierra Leone Theatre Group.

He studied Theatre Art and Film making at the Kingdom Actors Institute in London. He has won over 33 national drama competitions with various Schools and Theatre Groups. He is also an associate performing artist with Hull Truck Theatre in England.

His passion in the domain of theatre arts is to nurture young theatrical artists and give them the right platform to showcase their talents in advocating against societal problems.

Over the years, he had staged several performances in Sierra Leone and across the world as a way to promote Peace, Cultural Exchange, Tourism, Women’s Empowerment and other social problems. He plays but not with his work because for him professionalism is key in his artistic work.

about the actor

Petronela Zurba

Petronela Zurba graduated from the Art Academy of Iași, Faculty of Composition, Musicology, Music and Theatre Pedagogy – Acting, Puppets and Marionettes Operating, Class Prof. Natalia Dănăilă, Mihaela Arsenescu-Werner, Ion Sapdaru, in 1999.

Before 1999, when the “Marin Sorescu” National Theatre, Craiova, hired her, Petronela worked for two years at the Youth Theatre Piatra Neamț, and then at the “Colibri” Youth and Children Theatre, Craiova.

Her grace and physical versatility have allowed Petronela to approach characters of different ages, and she has charmed children and teenagers, as well as mature audiences. She has embodied characters from both classical and contemporary literature, and has been part in the cast of prize-winning performances within theatre festivals, and in performances admired by audiences of Craiova and not only.

We mention Phaedra after Seneca and Euripides and A Tempest after W. Shakespeare, directed by Silviu Purcărete, Gossip Carnival after C. Goldoni, directed by Vlad Mugur, Apocalypse after Shakespeare directed by Janusz Wiśniewski, Only During A Carnival by I.L. Caragiale, Fat Pig by Neil LaBute and Holidays in Guadelupa by P. Sauvil and E. Assous directed by Mircea Cornişteanu, The Jays by Al. Kirițescu, directed by Alexandru Boureanu, The Old Man’s Daughter and the Old Woman’s Daughter by B. Ulmu, after Ion Creangă, directed by Raluca Păun, 1,2,3…Bébé by A. Roussin, directed by Alexandru Boureanu and Raluca Păun, Ajax. An Essay on Dementia after Sophocles, directed by Mihai Măniuțiu, Lysistrata by Aristophanes, directed by Yiannis Paraskevopoulos, Heart and Other Meet Preparations by Dan Coman, directed by Radu Afrim, Snails’ Saviour by B. C. Drăgan, Farewell, Europeby I.D.Sîrbu and  Eva Braun’s Revolt by B. C. Drăgan,  directed by Bogdan Cristian Drăgan.

Sierra Leone artists talk